Around 290 soldiers and 173 airborne troops from US legions from the US Vicenza base in Italy will be taking part in the training of three battalions of the Ukrainian national guard
This article originally appeared at Lenta.ru. Translated for RI by Johanna Ganyukova
US instructors will begin training the Ukrainian national guard in Lvov region as early as this April, according to the Pentagon Press secretary, Steve Warren. According to Warren, the ‘training exercises’ will begin at the end of the month, although an exact date is not yet known.
Warren stated that around 290 soldiers and 173 airborne troops from US legions from the US Vicenza base in Italy will be taking part in the training of three battalions of the Ukrainian national guard. The training will take place in Yavorovskii Training Centre.
US Vice President Joseph Biden had earlier indicated that the training of 780 Ukrainian soldiers would take place in the not too distant future. In a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko on 18th March, he also stated that Kiev would receive its first batch of armoured vehicles for national defence towards the end of March.
On the 17th March the Commanding General of the US Army in Europe, Ben Hodges, announced that the training of Ukrainian troops by the US Army had been postponed. He explained that this was to allow for the realisation of what had been discussed during the Minsk agreements. Earlier it had been planned that operations should start next week.
On 5th March the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that indeed up to 300 soldiers and 173 airborne troops had been arrived in Lvov region – the very instructors who are to begin training the Ukrainian army.