US small arms and ammunition expected to arrive in Ukraine as Pentagon details troops to train country’s army
The US military is also helping train Ukrainian forces.
In November, approximately 150 members of the Florida National Guard’s Task Force Gator were deployed to Ukraine as part of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, replacing the Washington National Guard. The training group, established in 2015, was designed to improve Ukraine’s defensive capabilities.
In addition to Task Force Gator, Special Operations Command Europe has an “important role” in training and advising Ukrainian special forces through exercises, communication and coordination “at all levels”, he said. the Pentagon said in a statement Tuesday.
The Pentagon has not disclosed how many special forces are in Ukraine due to operational security concerns.
“Training with our Ukrainian partners cultivates confidence, strengthens preparedness and develops relationships, which in turn promote peace and stability across Europe,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Anton said. Semelroth in the press release.
The Pentagon will not go into details on the timing of training, operations or deployments, nor will it say whether the schedules have changed in light of the build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine.
Marines from Europe and the region are operating across the continent for training and exercises, the Pentagon said, and thousands of Marines from the II Marine Expeditionary Force will participate next year in the biannual Cold Response exercise in Norway.
The U.S. Army for Europe and Africa trains in Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Germany, the Netherlands and Greece, while the 4th Security Assistance Brigade has rotating teams in Georgia, Latvia, North Macedonia, Poland and Romania.
The 164th Florida National Guard Air Defense Artillery Brigade is located in Ansbach, Germany.
UPDATE: This story and title has been updated with an updated State Department timeline on a Security Assistance Program to Ukraine.
CNN’s Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report.