European Union Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine

European Union Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine)
Part of the foreign aid to Ukraine in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Operational scopeEUMAM Ukraine will provide individual, collective and specialised training to Ukraine’s Armed Forces, including to their Territorial Defence Forces, and coordination and synchronisation of member states’ activities supporting the delivery of training.[1]
European Union territory
Planned byMilitary Planning and Conduct Capability, Military Staff, External Action Service (Kortenberg building, Brussels, Belgium)
Commanded byVice Admiral Hervé Bléjean (Director of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability)
ObjectiveTo contribute to enhancing the military capability of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to effectively conduct military operations, in order to allow Ukraine to defend its territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, effectively exercise its sovereignty and protect civilians.[2]
Date17 October 2022 – present

The European Union Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine[4] (EUMAM Ukraine) is the European Union's (EU) first-ever military assistance mission for Ukraine set up on 17 October 2022. The decision to establish EUMAM was made by the Council of the European Union in response to Ukraine's request for military support during the ongoing Russian invasion of the country. The primary aim of the mission is to provide training to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the territory of the EU member states.


High Representative Josep Borrell addressing the European Parliament in September 2022.

The diplomatic framework for the establishment of the EUMAM Ukraine was created by the 23–24 June 2022 EU's statement on its commitment to providing "military support to help Ukraine exercise its inherent right of self-defence against the Russian aggression" and the 30 September 2022 official letter by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ukraine to the High Representative, requesting military support.[5] The European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine to support reforms in civilian security sector has been active since 2014.[6]


The EUMAM Ukraine envisages individual, collective and specialized training to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including to their Territorial Defense Forces, and coordination and synchronization of the EU member states' activities supporting the delivery of training. EUMAM Ukraine will operate in the territory of the EU member states, with its Operational Headquarters within the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels. The French naval officer, Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean—the incumbent Director of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability within the EEAS—was appointed the Mission Commander. The EUMAM's mandate will initially last two years, with the financial reference amount of 106,7 million euros.[5]

The training of Ukrainian troops will primarily take place in Poland under the command of Major General Piotr Trytek.[7]


The EU's plan to establish a military training mission for Ukraine was condemned by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on 6 October 2022; she claimed the mission would make the EU "a party to the conflict".[8]


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  5. ^ a b "Ukraine: EU sets up a military assistance mission to further support the Ukrainian Armed Forces". Council of the EU and the European Council. 17 October 2022. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  6. ^ "About Us — EUAM Ukraine". EUAM Ukraine. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  7. ^ "Polish general chosen to lead EU training mission for Ukrainian troops". Reuters. 2022-10-28. Retrieved 2022-10-30.
  8. ^ "Russia says EU military assistance mission to Ukraine will make bloc party to conflict". Anadolu Agency. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
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