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Lithuania sends a bigger team of instructors under the U.S.-led training programme for Ukrainian military
On November 10 fifteen soldiers assigned to the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion were deployed at a ceremony at Algirdas Battalion to train Ukrainian troops at Yavoriv Training Area (Lviv oblast). The third shift Lithuania provides will replace military instructors with the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion who were training Ukrainian soldiers from July.
Unlike the previous two rotations, the team from Algirdas Battalion will assist in training units of Ukraine’s regular armed forces.
When in Ukraine, officers and sergeants from Algirdas Battalion will join with the U.S.-led Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.
Lithuanian military instructors will be arranging combat training for Ukrainian mechanised infantry, courses for staff personnel and live-fire training events alongside U.S. troops.
Other countries contributing to the U.S.-led training programme for Ukrainian military personnel are Canada and the United Kingdom.
Two rotations of Lithuanian soldiers, the total of 9 persons, were taking part in Fearless Guardian, the U.S.-led training of the National Guard of Ukraine, from July until October.
Lithuania’s contribution to the U.S.-run programme for training and equipping Ukrainian soldiers is just a part of the assistance our country is giving Ukraine. Ukrainian officers, NCOs and soldiers attend various courses in Lithuanian Armed Forces’ training institutions. In March-April Lithuanian paramedics rendered medical assistance and contributed to training Ukrainian paramedics alongside U.S. soldiers.
Moreover, injured participants of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) are treated at the Military Rehabilitation Centre and civilian healthcare institutions of Lithuania. Lithuania cooperated with Ukraine by providing training for Ukrainian personnel in Lithuania, organising joint military exercises, establishing a joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian brigade, etc.
POC – Capt Tomas Piličiauskas, Head of S5 Section, the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion HQ, mobile phone no. 8 698 19846, e-mail: [email protected]
Photo credits: Paulius Čilinskas, Algirdas Battalion (the deployment ceremony).