US paratroopers arrive in Ukraine to conduct military training

13:14, 17 April 2015
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Paratroopers from the 173rd U.S. Airborne Brigade arrived in Ukraine on Friday to start training Ukrainian soldiers, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt has written on Twitter.

Photo from the Official Home Page of the United States Army

"173rd Airborne Brigade troops from Grafenwoehr arrive in Ukraine for Fearless Guardian rotation," he tweeted.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that the joint exercises of 290 paratroopers from the 173rd U.S. Airborne Brigade and 900 fighters from National Guard combat units would start at the Yavorivskiy training grounds in Lviv region on April 20.

"There will be three streams of 300 fighters of the National Guard. Three streams of eight weeks. Then joint exercises," Avakov said.

The exercises will involve National Guard battalions, such as Azov, Kulchytskiy, Jaguar, Omega and other units from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Odesa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Vinnytsia.

"After completing the exercises, the U.S. partners will provide the National Guard units with a special ammunition and communications equipment," Avakov said.

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