Germany to train Ukrainian soldiers

EU states have agreed on a training mission for the Ukrainian armed forces. The Committee of Permanent Representatives of the 27 member states unanimously approved plans that include training programmes for around 15,000 soldiers, as several diplomats confirmed to the German Press Agency.

Formal confirmation is to follow on Monday at a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

To minimise the risk of Russia attacking the training mission, training will be organised not in Ukraine but in countries such as Poland and Germany. German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht had recently said that Germany would make a significant contribution to the mission. According to EU sources, the Bundeswehr is to train up to 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers in the coming months.



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