Foreign Policy

U.S. To Send Military Personnel To Train Ukraine Forces

| by Michael Allen

The United States announced today that would send military personnel into the Ukraine to train the country's national guard.

US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Michael Foster made the announcement at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C.

“Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion minus … to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that’s taking place,” said Foster. “What we’ve got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer.”

Foster added that U.S. weapons would not be funneled into the war-torn country, noted

The U.S. spent $61 billion to train forces in Afghanistan, which are still taking a beating from the Taliban, noted Reuters. The U.S. spent $20 billion to train Iraqi forces, even though 50,000 Iraqi "ghost" soldiers didn't even show up, but merely collected a paycheck, reported The Washington Post.

“We’ll train them in security tasks, medical [tasks], how to operate in an environment where the Russians are jamming [communications] and how to protect [themselves] from Russian and rebel artillery," U.S. Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges told Reuters in February, noted

The effort is "to assist Ukraine in strengthening its law enforcement capabilities, conduct internal defense, and maintain rule of law" Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman told Defense News.

Sources: Defense News,,, Reuters, The Washington Post
Image Credit: Sgt. Joshua Dodds, 130th Public Affairs Detachment