(Sputnik) The US Department of Defense (DOD) is sending 600 military trainers to Lviv in order to transform Ukraine’s National Guard into a more professional fighting force and, although the program will start on a very small-scale, it could still have a broader impact on Russia’s relations with the West, experts told Sputnik.
“I am quite confident that the reportedly 600 US military trainers sent to Lviv [Ukraine] to work with the Ukrainian National Guard units will help them individually and institutionally to achieve a higher level of professionalization and operational effectiveness,” Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Andrew C. Kuchins, told Sputnik on Thursday.
The US National Guard training program is at an embryonic stage, Wilson Center scholar Michael Kofman, Kennan Institute, told Sputnik, and is focused on raising the operational standards of a few key units. […]
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