US prepares a new military training program for Ukrainian Armed Forces

Source : 112 Ukraine

US intend to expand training programs for Ukrainian military
18:15, 14 July 2015

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US intend to expand training programs for Ukrainian military by training not only the soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine, but the country's regular army as well. US considers expansion plan of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This was stated by Commander of the Army US Armed Forces in Europe Frederick Ben Hodges. The program is currently under development. The plan must be approved by the United States, Ukraine and other member countries of NATO.

The new training course will probably include workouts similar to those currently held for National guard in Lviv region. However, they may also include anti-radiation protective measures and expedients.

Hodges added that such trainings would be useful for the US military who study in Ukrainian, since they themselves have never been under attack of the Russian army.

As previously reported, the US Congress passed amendments to Defense Spending Law, proposed by John Conyers, Congressman for Michigan. These amendments ban spending money on training of Ukrainian soldiers of "Azov" regiment, which was named "neo-Nazi" by some US senators. In turn, the US administration welcomes efforts by Ukraine to include volunteer battalions in the Ministry of Defense and Interior Ministry. State Department said that “Azov” battalion is not included in training program, because participation means that all necessary requests, including a check on human rights, should be followed," informed the Speaker of State Department.

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