The EU on Monday announced that it approved a training mission for Ukrainian troops that will be held in Europe and a plan to provide $486 million to purchase weapons for Kyiv.
The training mission’s initial goal will be to train 15,000 Ukrainian troops. The mission’s headquarters will be based in Brussels, but the bulk of the training is expected to take place in Germany in Poland.
The training mission’s budget will be about $107 million and it will be overseen by a French naval officer. Several EU member states and some NATO members have already been training Ukrainian soldiers in Europe, including the US and Britain.
The US military has been training Ukrainians in Germany and in other undisclosed locations in Europe on how to use US-provided arms. Infantry training has been taking place in Britain, and other Western nations have aided in the effort, including Canada, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
The US and NATO began training Ukraine’s military in 2014, following the US-backed ousting of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, which sparked Russia taking Crimea and the separatists in the Donbas declaring independence from Kyiv.
The US withdrew its trainers from Ukraine shortly before Russia invaded on February 24. But some media outlets have reported the presence of special operations forces from the US and other NATO states in Ukraine after the invasion.
Back in April, The Times reported that British Special Air Service (SAS) troops were training troops in Kyiv on how to use UK-provided anti-tank weapons. In June, The New York Times reported that commandos from Britain, France, Canada, and Lithuania were inside Ukraine training and advising Ukrainian forces.
The Intercept recently reported that US special operations forces and CIA operatives are also on the ground in Ukraine, but didn’t detail what they were doing in the country.
18 thoughts on “EU Approves Program to Train Thousands of Ukrainian Troops in Europe”
This training is mostly for sabotage activities not regular army. Ukraine is on the verge of losing Bakhmut— parts already under Russian control. With it the hub of operations in Donbas is gone.
Now that tjey are losing capabilities of transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructure, they cannot hold long.
Morale is bad. People are protesting as Government is witholding information about dead, so relatives are not informed and soldiers seem to disappear without their status being known.
The circumstances are such that even with Russia practically pausing for two months -/ nothing dignificant was accomplished. Now, as escallation is taking hold — Ukraine may end up loosing more territory they took out of Soviet Union. Former Ambassador to USSR Matlock has penned a good articke in Responsible Statecraft. He is urging US to not let Ukrainians decide what is best for US. And he is pointing out obvious — Europe is seeing the US promoting sanctikns as the war on Europe with US profiteering from conflict.
Not a halpy development in public opinion there, and the damage to US is done.
So taking several square kilometers near Bakhmut is worth more than losing Izium, Lyman and thousands of square kilometers in Kharkiv Oblast?
If this was the case then yes they would be in trouble – but so far this does not seem to be the case – i.e. yes some cities have been without electricity for up to several days – but there is not much to suggest that they have lost infrastructure to the extend you suggest – they might if Russia can keep up the attacks on the level of October 10, but then that has not been the case for now they are using mostly small Iranian suicide drones not capable of paralyzing a country at the level employed.
In Russia perhaps – I am not aware of any significant protests in Ukraine, nor any evidence of moral problems remotely on par with those on the Russian side – do you have any links that support this assertion – I can provide links to pro Russian sources on state Russian tv for the problems on the Russian side.
So thousands of square kilometers in Kharkiv, Izium and Lyman is not significant – Russian propagandists on Russian state TV disagree with you.
Unless things change presently the Ukrainians are taking more ground in Luhansk Oblas than they are losing in Donetsk near Bakhmut.
This is patently not how this is seen in Europe.
So this one you have backwards.
The real fact is that the US controls Zelensky he has to follow Biden orders. Mr Matlock was too kind to Biden.
Biden/Zelensky refuse to speak with Mr. Putin.
If they really cared for the country and people they would NEGOTIATE with the DEVIL if they had too. Instead they act like grade school kids.
Given what the Ukrainians are finding in Bucha and the forests around Izium – I think you are likely to find that they are quite reluctant to negotiate with the devil they are facing. NB I’m not jumping the gun here and proposing that Russian culpability has already been proven, just that the Ukrainian public are likely thinking that the Russians are.
And remember that the Ukrainians do understand what the Russian media are proposing for their future:
You just described the Russian military.
You are either delusional or you only watch RT news.
You should listen to the #1 most view propagandist show in Russia (RUSSIA MEDIA MONITOR shared above and below your comment and which I know you won’t watch), even those guys disagree with your false assertions
RT is a reputable and reliable news provider, you can judge that by the fact that is has been banned by NATO member states which all have censored news services, do not permit dissenting voices on any NET WORK. NATO members canceled even a famous conductor and singer because they refused to oppose Putin in public, Free Press in Democracies, they really showed their color when they banned a few cats to be exported from Russia, how ridiculous and so embarrassing for MSM. RT is much more informative, try it.
RT was banned by NATO only in the sense that EU and UK decided no longer to host it on servers in their countries – I and anyone else in a NATO country can access RT without having to use special it software all I have to do is to google it and you can find where it is still broadcast – I think they are about to set up a new service from an African country.
But I’ll not do them the favor of linking the sites where you can watch their propaganda.
“EU Approves Program to Train Thousands of Ukrainian Troops in Europe The initial goal is to train 15,000 soldiers mainly in Germany and Poland”
Russia has 200,000 coming to the front line with 25 million that can be called up.
Guess who wins this numbers game?
It really depends on whether Russia can train, equip and supply the troops when they send them to the frontline.
Russian military correspondent warning about failing to train the troops:
And guess what many of the troops are already in Ukraine!
Russian propagandists arguing over their issues equipping the troops:
The evidence for Russian problems supplying the troops once they are at the front is perhaps best illustrated by the very substantial fall in the Russian dominance in shelling – yes they still have an advantage, but no where near what it was in May, June and July where they used this advantage to force Ukrainians out of Lyman, Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.
Who is funding the Russian Media Monitor?
Are we taking conspiracy theories to a new level as in, do you think that the funding changes what is being said in Russian state tv?
HOW DO YOU KNOW IT IS STATE TV?
Are you really this ignorant or just pretending?
News flash: Half of people are below median intelligence.
I’m sorry I guess you are not aware – when seeing any new source especially like this, any person should look up the people supposedly appearing in the source material and verify their existence – verify the translation and the ‘layout’ of the programs that are shown clips from.
I did this – having Russian friends was helpful.
I am asking for factual information, what does that have to do with conspiracy? There is information about fake fact checkers. If you want to know the truth you follow the money. How do you know that it is Russia state TV?
This is Russian state TV – they are not denying this and the people appearing on these clips are actual people known from the programs – if you are in doubt then feel free to ask some Russian about the names of the people – show them the pictures or indeed the videos – they are legit – as are the translations.
Soros and the Kiev regime. Supping with the devil. Finian Cunnningham.
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