The U.S. Department of defense November 23, wants to start training the military power of Ukraine, including "one battalion of forces for special operations," said the official representative of army command of the USA in the European Union, Donald London.
According to his statement, the preparation of "five battalions of the defense Ministry and one battalion of forces for special operations" are planned during the "2nd stage" of the American program Fearless guardian ( "Fearless sentinel" ). From the beginning it was focused on training and equipping the National guard of Ukraine. Now, however, the program is planned to extend and equipped with weapons forces of Ukraine, reports the news Agency." in addition to the preparation of the said six battalions we will work with the Ukrainian Ministry of defense on the development of (its) institutional level, as well as the training centre and personnel, " said Renn, without going into Details. He noted that the second stage of training " is expected to start on 23 November." Renn explained that the training of Ukrainian soldiers will be, As before - in the case of the national guard, be engaged in the international center of peacekeeping and security at the home base of Yavoriv polygon in Lviv about 300 U.S. military advisers and authorised support staff. Initially, instructors will be battalion 173-her airborne brigade of the US army based in Vicenza (Italy), said Renn. These American paratroopers first of this year was prepared by six companies of the national guard of Ukraine. The course lasted supposedly six months.
As said, Rennes, extension programs Fearless guardian on the Mat " is part of our ongoing efforts to contribute to long-term military reform and (increase) the professionalism of the Ukrainian soldiers ", as well as to help the country " improve capacity for internal defense and the training of personnel ". These efforts are undertaken in the "long-term military cooperation" with Ukraine and at the request of the government in Kiev, said the Commissioner of the army command of the USA in the European Union. According to information presented to them beginning, of the " additional programme ", i.e. the training of six battalions of the armed forces, would mean that North America since 2014, invested in different projects to assist Ukraine in the field of security in General " more than 266 million dollars." In April, about 300 paratroopers of the 173rd brigade of the United States began training soldiers of the National guard of Ukraine on jaworowski polygon in the Lviv region. 24 June, Kiev asked the United States not be limited to training only the national guard. It was later announced that North America in the fall of 2015, will train the fighters military power of Ukraine.