Ukrainian servicemen of five battalions of separate mechanized brigades will undergo training under NATO standards, Censor.NET reports citing the official website of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Particular attention will be paid to training of the counter-battery radars crews. This equipment has been provided by the U.S. Government.
The U.S., Canadian, Great Britain and Lithuanian instructors will train the Ukrainian infantrymen and artillerists. The training will consist of tactics, firearms training, tactical medicine, communications, explosive ordnance disposal, etc. and will last till 2017.
The official ceremony was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Mr. Geoffrey Pyatt, United States Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Mr. Roman Vashchuk and Canadian Joint Operations Commander Rear Admiral Peter Ellis, Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Mr. Marius Janukonis, Advisor to Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for Reforms of Special Operations Forces Lt. Col. Mindaugas Rikashius.
Mr. Geoffrey Pyatt and Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges stressed during a briefing that the U.S. Government and Armed Forces would continue to support Ukraine, particularly, in reforms and strengthening the national security.
A total of 500 servicemen from the U.S., Canada, and Lithuania will stay in Ukraine till March 2017 as instructors.