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Gen. Breedlove: US Begins Training of Ukraine Defense Ministry Forces

Sputnik News

19:46 01.03.2016

The United States has started training of Ukrainian Ministry of Defense forces in the western part of the country, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip Breedlove told the US Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States has also recently completed training the 'first generation' of Ukrainian special operations forces, Breedlove said. 'We are just starting the second class,' he added.

'We have just finished that iteration [of training for Ukrainian national guard forces] and now we are beginning to train the Ministry of Defense Forces in Yavoriv, and this is an incredibly successful program,' Breedlove said.

As part of NATO partnership-building with Ukraine, Washington began providing additional military training to Ukraine in 2014.

The training and increased joint NATO-Ukrainian military exercises followed western allegations that Russia was meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs. Moscow has repeatedly denied interfering militarily in Ukraine.


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