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173rd Airborne Brigade Troops to Train Ukraine National Guard Units

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COMMENT: Amer­i­can troops from the 173rd Air­borne Brigade are going to be train­ing units of the new­ly-formed Ukrain­ian nation­al guard. The guard con­sists large­ly of the “pun­ish­er bat­tal­ions,” includ­ing the Azov Bat­tal­ion. This is both depress­ing and, sad­ly, pre­dictable, giv­en the drift of Amer­i­can for­eign pol­i­cy.

We are inclined to doubt that African-Amer­i­can and or Lati­no-Amer­i­can sol­diers will be among those to do the train­ing. If so, they might be gen­uine­ly dis­mayed at the swasti­ka tat­toos and oth­er Nazi her­aldry that are com­mon in those units. Pro­grams cov­er­ing the Ukraine cri­sis are: FTR #‘s 777778779780781782, 783784794800803804, 808811817818824826829832833837.


“DoD Moves For­ward on Ukraine Nation­al Guard Train­ing” by Cheryl Pel­lerin; defense.gov; 3/20/2015.

The Defense Depart­ment is mov­ing for­ward with plans to train mem­bers of the Ukraine Nation­al Guard begin­ning in late April, Pen­ta­gon spokesman Army Col. Steve War­ren said yes­ter­day.

The depart­ment will use its author­i­ties under the Glob­al Secu­ri­ty Con­tin­gency Fund as part of a joint DoD-State Depart­ment ini­tia­tive to strength­en Ukraine’s inter­nal defense capa­bil­i­ties, War­ren told reporters dur­ing a dai­ly brief­ing.

“We plan on send­ing about 290 U.S. ser­vice mem­bers, specif­i­cal­ly para­troop­ers from the [Army’s] mighty 173rd ‘Sky Sol­diers’ Air­borne Brigade based in Vicen­za, Italy,” he said, to train six Ukraine Nation­al Guard com­pa­nies with a focus on inter­nal secu­ri­ty and ter­ri­to­r­i­al defense.

The train­ing will be con­duct­ed in west­ern Ukraine at the Inter­na­tion­al Peace­keep­ing and Secu­ri­ty Cen­ter in Yavoriv, near the bor­der with Poland, Pen­ta­gon spokes­woman Eileen Lainez said. . . .

 

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