U.S. deploys 290 paratroopers to Ukraine flashpoint

The Ukraine flashpoint between the U.S. and Russia is heating up.

More than 10 days after the AFP first reported that the Obama administration will be deploying 290 paratroopers to Ukraine to train its national guard soldiers, the story finally is getting traction, carried by other news media like NewsMax, MoneyMorning, and China Post.

Beginning April 20 in three waves of training, each lasting eight weeks, 290 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Italy, will train 900 Ukrainian national guard troops in the town of Yavoriv in the government-controlled western region of Lviv, near the Polish border.

Yavoriv, Ukraine

At the end of the training, the U.S. and Ukraine will conduct joint war games.

U.S. Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said the paratroopers will train six Ukrainian national guard companies “with a focus on internal security and territorial defense, and that “While we continue to believe that there is no military resolution to this crisis, Ukraine has the right to defend itself.” The training assistance “is part of our ongoing efforts to help sustain Ukraine’s defense and internal security operations. The program is also designed to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capability and capacity and assist in its defense reform.”

The National Guard of Ukraine is made up of reservists, and was reformed in 2014 to bring volunteers and militia under government control following the Maidan protests that brought down the pro-Russian government of Victor Yanukovych.

Russian president Vladimir Putin had already accused the U.S. of fuelling the Maidan protests. Given that, U.S. paratroopers’ training of Ukrainian national guards is sure to provoke anger in Moscow. A shaky ceasefire is currently in place in Ukraine, but skirmishes continue on a daily basis.

The U.S. counters that Russia has supplied Ukrainian separatists with weapons and troops during a near year-long conflict that has claimed more than 6,000 lives, but Putin has always denied the claims.

The United States provides some military aid to Ukraine, though it stops short of delivering the lethal weapons asked for by Kiev. The latest aid consists of more than $75 million worth of armored and unarmored Humvees, unarmed Raven drones, counter-mortar radars, night vision devices and other “non-lethal defensive” equipment. Congress recently voted to urge President Barack Obama to provide “lethal” aid to Kiev.

Sporadic fighting is ongoing in pro-Russian, separatist-held eastern Ukraine, despite a ceasefire agreement signed last month.

See also “U.S. arms Latvia against Russia with 120 armored units.”


9 responses to “U.S. deploys 290 paratroopers to Ukraine flashpoint

  1. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    For a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Obama sure behaves like a war president.

    The war in Iraq is supposed to have ended, but the Army is deploying 1,250 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division back to Iraq “to train, advise and assist the Iraqi security forces as they battle the Islamic State.” (See DCG’s post: http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/03/31/paging-code-pink-troops-from-10th-mountain-division-heading-to-iraq-this-summer/)

    Now comes news that, in addition to supplying lethal arms to Ukraine, Obama is deploying 290 paratroopers to train Ukraine’s national guards, which is curious behavior for an administration that insists the U.S. is working with all sides in the Ukraine crisis to reach a peaceful solution and that “ultimately it is up to the Ukrainian people to decide their future.”

    That is a lie, as shown by the leaked phone conversation between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt more than a year ago. The conversation shows the Obama administration favors the Ukraine “opposition” and has very clear ideas about what the outcome should be and is striving to achieve these goals. See https://cofda.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/u-s-arms-latvia-against-russia-with-120-armored-units/.


  2. I knew the Ukrainians were dumb, but really, asking the Americans to train their army, is like asking McD’s to teach nutrition.
    Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Et al, they should ask the Taliban or “al Qaeda”, people who have actually won something.


    • You’ve missed the point of the post PJ.


      • Please enlighten me.
        Lvov is a loooong way from any flashpoint, and home to the “Polish” Ukrainians, the right wing Nazis and nut-jobs.
        290 troops as “trainers”? how many thousand Ukrainian infantry do they expect? How do you think that drafted, recruits will require trained Paras for instruction?
        I make the point that this is theatre, ridiculous as a military exercise, unless the Paras are going to operate at squad level and be the NCO’s. It takes months and years to form a basic infantry unit, never mind specialist and urban warfare.
        The most they could do is show how to use American weapons, and then again, why would you need 290?
        It is a joke.
        Typical NATO (US) operation.


  3. Reblogged this on Scoop Feed.

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  4. Thank you StMA for this significant post, disclosing information not otherwise set forth by the main national media groups. The king’s foreign policy is so inconsistent and illogical that it remains amazing to observe what he is doing next. . .Remarkable!

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  5. The king is doing what the would-be NWO emperors who put him in power want him to do, and they follow their god, Satan, and speak his language of lies. You and others in FOTM know this, but the patriotism that is in us is holds us back from saying it. It must be said.


  6. The coward Obama is using the troopers of the 173rd as bait.
    He who has never served himself and who thinks he is so cool,
    sends young patriots into danger. I hope that they will at some
    point realize that they serve a traitor who has no regard for them.
    I wonder how the draft dodgers who ran to Canada in the 60s feel about
    this or are they too busy slavishly adoring Barry?

    Liked by 1 person

    • I believe BHO hates our country and despises our troops. If he ever changes his mind, it will be because we have become Islamic, may that never happen. It all brings me back to how low can people (his managers) be, they are even lower than BHO?

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