Addressing the 60-strong contingent that includes four women soldiers, President Milanović told them that they were not going to Hungary by chance.
“An unclear and uneasy autumn lies ahead us. Being encouraged by the speech which the Chinese Prime Minister (Li Keqiang) delivered (in his video message) at the Pelješac Bridge inauguration ceremony, I am a bit more optimistic than ten days ago. It seems to me that the world could be wiser and that the terrors in Ukraine could be over soon and that human lives could be saved,” said Milanović, the armed forces’ supreme commander.
“We have no influence on how the war (in Ukraine) will end. It is the duty of our state leadership to make well-thought-out decisions. I have not signed this decision (on your departure) with ease, however, I have not signed it for you be sent to into danger. May you fill Croatia, its history and tradition with pride,” the president said.
Croatia’s troops, together with contingents from other NATO members, will participate in training and manoeuvres that will last up to seven months in Hungary.
The contingent includes military police troops, special troops, mine removal specialists, medical professionals and some other specialists.
The contingent commander Ivan Zečević Tadić said that every peace mission carries risks and that the safety and security of the members of this contingent would be his priority.
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