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Kiev wants to invite NATO experts to train Ukrainians mobilized into army

January 19, 2015, 20:48 UTC+3 KIEV
“We are taking an active part in negotiations to attract NATO experts from the United States,” Yuriy Chizhmar in charge of military work at the Society of Assistance to the Defense of Ukraine said
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KIEV, January 19 /TASS/. Ukraine wants to invite American NATO experts to teach an art of war to mobilized Ukrainians, Yuriy Chizhmar who is in charge of military and patriotic work at the Society of Assistance to the Defense of Ukraine told a news conference in Kiev on Monday.

“We are taking an active part in negotiations to attract NATO experts from the United States,” he said.

At the same time, NATO has already launched some military training programs in Ukraine. “We are training about 100 people at our weekly course of intensive NATO training. They acquire military professions of a machine gunner, a submachine-gunner, and so on,” Chizhmar said.

A Ukrainian delegation will take part in meetings of the NATO military committee on January 20-22. The sides will also discuss prospects of military cooperation in the Ukraine-NATO format.

The fourth round of mobilization is kicking off in Ukraine on January 20 following a decree signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The next round of mobilization will be held in April and June. Additional 50,000 people are going to be mobilized.

The Society of Assistance to the Defense of Ukraine is a socio-patriotic and sport association of citizens. Over years of Ukraine’s independence, its educational establishments have trained about 500,000 experts in various military professions for the need of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and other military units.

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