The region's increasingly shared threat perception is intensifying the cooperation among local allies with the aim of enhancing their special operations capacities.
"Some decision-makers from countries located on NATO's eastern flank fear that the military scenario seen in Ukraine could be repeated elsewhere, in a different country, with the use of similar tactics," said professor Marek Jablonowski, a political scientist from the University of Warsaw.
"The current complex security environment is characterized by diversified, complex means of combat, which requires the Czech Army to adapt itself and react to new threats," Jana Ruzickova, the spokeswoman for the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, told local daily Lidove Noviny.
Ukrainian Special Operations Forces troops are currently deployed in eastern Ukraine where they are combating Russia-backed insurgents.
Muzhenko said that the new commander will need to ensure that relevant military units cooperate on training activities for Ukraine's special forces troops, as reported by local broadcaster 112 Ukraina.
Meanwhile, some Eastern European states that share Ukraine's threat perception are increasing their commitment to the country's special forces efforts. This January, Lithuania's Defense Ministry decided to raise its contribution to the US-led Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, a task force set up with the aim of training Ukrainian special operations forces, and deploying more troops to the program, the ministry said in a statement.
Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said that cooperation on military training is one of Lithuania's priorities in its assistance to Ukraine's ongoing armed forces modernization. Vilnius aims to help Kiev overhaul its military, ensure its compliance with NATO standards and increase its interoperability with the militaries of NATO allies, according to Olekas.
"The role of special operations forces has grown amidst the current security situation and hybrid threats, therefore, we will give more focus to multinational initiatives aimed at assisting training the Ukrainian special operations forces as we cooperate with Ukraine in the security and defense area," Olekas said.
Jaroslaw Adamowski is the Poland correspondent for Defense News.