It's not war
It's just a forward deployment
Three hundred American soldiers have arrived in western Ukraine.
US paratroopers begin training Ukraine national guard units
(The Guardian) - US paratroopers have started training national guard units in Ukraine, despite Moscow’s warnings that it could destabilise the peace process with Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country.
The move came as 2,000 local and Nato soldiers began exercises in Estonia, which also borders Russia but unlike Ukraine is a Nato member. The exercises are a precursor to joint war games in May involving 13,000 troops.
The US and Nato leaderships have promised to increase their military activities in eastern Europe to deter an ever more assertive Russia.
As part of the six-month Operation Fearless Guardian, 290 paratroopers from the US army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade will hold joint exercises with 900 Ukrainian soldiers in Yaroviv near the Polish border. The 173rd Airborne led war games with soldiers from Ukraine, the UK and several former Soviet republics in Yavoriv in September, but this marks the first long-term training programme.
At an opening ceremony, the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, said the training would give a “new face” to Ukraine’s conscript army, which is poorly trained and equipped and was caught out by the pro-Russia uprising that started in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in April 2014. A fragile ceasefire has been in effect since February, but more than 6,000 people have been killed in the hostilities.
“This is the first Ukrainian-American programme at this level, and it shows the transition of bilateral military cooperation into a fundamentally new dimension,” Poroshenko said. He later tweeted a photo of himself flashing two thumbs up alongside members of the 173rd and the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt.
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