Polish European Corps commander dismissed after counterintelligence investigation

Polish European Corps commander dismissed after counterintelligence investigation

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The Polish Ministry of Defense said that the intelligence services had opened a surveillance investigation into Lieutenant General Jaroslaw Gromadzinski's access to classified information, following “new information about the officer.”

The Polish Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday that it had summoned and dismissed “with immediate effect” Polish commander of the sole headquarters, European Legion, after a military counterintelligence investigation. With the intelligence services “Open a supervisory investigation” Regarding Lieutenant General Jaroslaw Gromadzinski's access to confidential information, below “New information about the officer”According to a press release from the Ministry of Defense.

“As a result, the decision was made to remove General Gromadzinski from his position as Commander of the European Corps and immediately recall him to his country.”The Ministry indicated that another officer would be appointed “Ensuring continuity” To the position hitherto held by General, which he is “with immediate effect”. The Polish Ministry did not provide any details about the new information about the general nor about the ongoing investigation.

Training of Ukrainian soldiers

Before becoming Commander of the European Corps last June, General Gromadzinski was advisor and coordinator to the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army. In recent months, he served as part of the International Assistance Team for Ukraine in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he was responsible, along with U.S. service members, for training Ukrainian soldiers.

Established in 1992, the European Legion is a unique military corps comprising 1,000 soldiers from six member countries, known as “Framework countries” (France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Poland), which finance and manage the organization. several “associated countries” (Greece, Turkey, Italy, Romania and Austria) also support the European Legion, supplying it with officers on the General Staff.

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This corps, whose mission is to direct and coordinate large-scale multinational operations on behalf of the European Union and NATO, can command up to 60,000 ground forces. Eurocorps is headquartered in Strasbourg.

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