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EU looking to establish training mission for Ukraine

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Czech Defence Minister Jana Cernochova (R) welcomes the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at the start of an informal meeting of EU defense ministers, in Prague, the Czech Republic, on August 30, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

The European Union (EU) is looking to establish a training mission for Ukrainian forces, in what would be a more aggressive stand in the war in Ukraine.

EU defense ministers gathered at a meeting in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, on Tuesday to discuss the establishment of a training mission in Ukraine, according to the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell.

“A general, overall political agreement (on the training mission) is what I think we have to get today... I hope we will have a political green light for this mission,” he said.

According to Borrell, the EU training mission would give “more value added in order to be more predictable and to provide a stronger support” to the Ukrainian army.

Borrell also admitted that “certainly, Russia would not be happy with the idea,” but argued that there was no difference between providing military equipment and training.

He said the bloc had to continue providing support for Ukraine because “the situation on the ground is very bad.”

“Ukraine needs our support, and we will continue providing support,” he added.

In late February, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military campaign “to demilitarize” and “de-Nazify” Ukraine.

Ever since, the United States and its European allies have supplied billions of dollars’ worth of weaponry to Ukraine and imposed waves of sanctions on Moscow.

Russia has repeatedly warned that the flow of weapons to and other forms of support for Ukraine will only prolong the conflict.

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