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Ukraine Continues to Strengthen Its Army Despite Ceasefire - Poroshenko

Sputnik News

20:38 12.03.2015(updated 21:38 12.03.2015)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine is strengthening its positions, building up its defense capability despite ceasefire.

IEV (Sputnik) – Ukraine continues to build up its military potential while strictly observing the ceasefire regime in the contested south-eastern regions of the country, President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday.

'Simultaneously with the implementation of the Minsk agreements, Ukraine is strengthening its positions, building up its defense capability,' Poroshenko said at a meeting of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council.

Poroshenko also announced the resumption of regular training of Ukrainian armed forces and participation of NATO instructors in this process.

'We have resumed the training of the Ukrainian military, including with participation of our partners from several NATO countries,' he said addressing the council.

Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said earlier in March that his country will provide training to Ukrainian troops as part of the NATO program. However, he did not tie this mission to the events unfolding in eastern Ukraine.

In late February, UK Prime Minister David Cameron also said that Britain would send military instructors to Ukraine to train local forces throughout March, as well as develop an infantry training program with Kiev.

On top of that, Washington said it was preparing to send 300 troops to train Ukrainian soldiers in western Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry claimed last week that US servicemen were already at the Ukrainian base.

Ukraine has been building up its military muscle using funds and non-lethal aid from the United States, although it has so far been denied any arms deliveries for fear that more guns in the conflict zone will escalate tensions.


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