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Espionage investigation: Poland summons European Legion commanders

Espionage investigation: Poland summons European Legion commanders

General Jaroslaw Gromadzinski was in charge of the Eurocorps in June 2023
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Warsaw summoned the Polish European Legion commander over espionage investigations. As the Defense Ministry in Warsaw announced on Wednesday, “following new information about the officer,” the services launched a “supervisory investigation” into General Jaroslaw Gromadzinski’s access to classified information. Gromadzinski assumed command of the European Corps, headquartered in Strasbourg, France, in June 2023.

The Ministry of Defense ordered Gromadzinski's “immediate return” to Poland and said that “another officer will be appointed to this position immediately” to ensure the continuity of the work of the European Corps command. The ministry did not provide any further details about the “new information” about Gromadzinski or the ongoing investigation.

Coordinating major military operations

Before becoming the first Polish general to become commander of the European Corps, Gromadzinski served primarily as an advisor to the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army. In recent months, as part of the International Assistance Team for Ukraine in Wiesbaden, he was responsible for training Ukrainian soldiers alongside American soldiers.

Established in 1992 at the initiative of Germany and France, the European Force is a rapid deployment force available to NATO and the European Union. The main task is to manage and coordinate large international military operations. The European Legion can command up to 60,000 soldiers, and the headquarters in Strasbourg is staffed with support units of about a thousand personnel.

The forces come from many European countries. The “framework countries” are Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg and, since 2022, Poland. Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey and Austria participate in the so-called associated countries. (APA/AFP)

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