U.S. servicemen to coach Ukrainian National Guard in April

The United States Department of Defense is arranging a trip of U.S. army servicemen to Ukraine in late April in order to train National Guard soldiers, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

The United States Department of Defense is arranging a trip of U.S. army servicemen to Ukraine in late April in order to train National Guard soldiers, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

About 290 servicemen, for instance, from the 173rd Sky Soldiers airborne brigade stationed in Vicenza, Italy, will be sent to Ukraine to train six National Guard companies with emphasis on domestic security and territorial defense, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said.

In the words of the Pentagon press secretary, the training will be conducted in western Ukraine, at the international peacekeeping and security center in Yavoriv, near the Polish border.

She said that headquarters personnel would be trained there as well with a focus on further professional development of Ukrainians.

The training program is part of a long-term strategy to create Ukraine's potential and capacities and to help build up professional levels of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the department said.

The training program will be similar to the ones held in Ukraine since 1995, the Pentagon press secretary said, adding that the United States was holding joint exercises and practices with parties and allies in Europe and across the world.

In her words, the United States believes there is no military solution to the Russia-Ukraine crisis but Ukraine has the right to protect itself.

 

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