Allies boost Ukrainian military training amidst global distractions – ABC News
Ukraine's combat training programs, aided by allies like France and the United States, achieve significant milestones despite global attention shifting to the Israel-Hamas war
ABC News writes about it.
As the war in Ukraine persists into a second winter, with casualties rising on both sides, support from allies becomes increasingly crucial. Training efforts by countries like France, part of the European Union mission, are exceeding expectations. France aims to train 7,000 Ukrainians this year, contributing to the EU mission's larger goal of reaching 35,000 trained soldiers by year-end.
The United States, mostly training in Germany, has trained around 18,000 with an additional 1,000 in the pipeline. In the UK, an unprecedented 30,000 have undergone military training in the past 17 months, the article notes.
The training encompasses various skills, from basic weaponry handling to specialized knowledge like mine clearance and waterborne attacks. Instructors are preparing Ukrainian forces for diverse military scenarios, including equipment repair and support for military chaplains.
Despite the challenging future awaiting these trainees, their transformation from civilians to soldiers is evident, the publication writes. French instructors, addressing the “relatively frozen front line” situation in Ukraine, emphasize the importance of developing “maneuvering schemes that can bother and even shake up the adversary.”
The article sheds light on the training, including storming trenches, defending mock villages, and concealing in woodlands.
French trainers, as noted, maintain a professional distance from trainees, severing ties after training to cope with the harsh realities of war.