NATO Considers Sending Military Trainers to Ukraine Amid russian Advance

Illustrative photo: Canadian warriors / Photo credit: Carolos Osorio/Reuters
Illustrative photo: Canadian warriors / Photo credit: Carolos Osorio/Reuters

NATO has started to thoroughly examine the possibility of sending its instructors to Ukraine in response to significant advances by the russian army

The New York Times reported this.

"NATO allies are inching closer to sending troops into Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces," the source writes.

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The New York Times note that Ukraine lacks the capacity to train its troops, and the battlefield situation has deteriorated due to the russian advance. Consequently, "Ukrainian officials have asked their American and NATO counterparts to help train 150,000 new recruits closer to the front line for faster deployment."

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Despite talks with European countries, President Biden's administration deems this step unacceptable, fearing it could draw the US and Europe into the war, and completely refuses to consider it. As noted by the publication, The White House has been adamant that it will not put American troops, including trainers, on the ground in Ukraine. The administration has also urged NATO allies not to send their troops.

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But in February, President Emmanuel Macron of France said that “nothing should be ruled out” when it comes to sending Western troops to Ukraine.

The government of Estonia has not ruled out the possibility of sending troops to western Ukraine to take over rear roles that could free Ukrainian troops to go to the front.

Lithuania’s foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, backed Mr. Macron’s stance in an interview with the The Guardian last week. “Our troops have been training Ukrainians in Ukraine before the war,” he said, adding, “So returning to this tradition might be quite doable.”

So far the United States has said no, but Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that a NATO deployment of trainers appeared inevitable. “We’ll get there eventually, over time,” he said.

Moving the training into Ukraine, military officials acknowledge, would allow American trainers to more quickly gather information about the innovations occurring on the Ukrainian front lines, potentially allowing them to adapt their training.

The Lviv region, close to the Polish border, is being considered as a potential military training site.

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