The U.S. servicemen who arrived in Ukraine on Friday intend to give combat training to the Ukrainian military, Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the military operation, said.
"Some 300 paratroopers from the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade have arrived in Lvov today. The American soldiers will be training Ukrainian servicemen. The program includes training in combat methods and theo polishing of professional skills," he told a briefing in Kiev on Friday.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry press service earlier reported that the opening ceremony of the Ukrainian-U.S. command post exercise fearless Guardian 2015 will take place in the international center for peacekeeping and security in Yavoriv district in Lvov region on April 20.
On March 30, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a law and a decree allowing the Ukrainian Armed Forces to join multinational drills to be held both in Ukraine and abroad this year, as well as permitting foreign troops to take part in military exercises on Ukrainian territory.
Several Ukrainian-U.S. military exercises are expected to be conducted on the territory of Ukraine in 2015: fearless Guardian 2015 (a total of 2,200 participants, including up to 1,000 U.S. servicemen), Sea Breeze 2015 (a total of 2,500 participants, including up to 1,000 U.S. servicemen and up to 500 servicemen form the NATO countries or the Partnership for Peace program), and Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident 2015 (a total of 2,100 participants, including up to 500 U.S. servicemen and up to 600 servicemen form the NATO countries or the Partnership for Peace program).
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