NATO considers mission to train Ukraine’s troops in the country — report

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Some NATO allies are gradually moving toward a decision to deploy their troops to Ukraine, using them to train Ukrainian forces, The New York Times reported on May 16.

The article notes that such a decision could draw the United States and Europe “more directly” into the Russo-Ukrainian war.

“NATO allies are inching closer to sending troops into Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces, a move that would be another blurring of a previous red line and could draw the United States and Europe more directly into the war,” the newspaper wrote.

Journalists add that Ukraine lacks the resources to train its troops, and the situation on the battlefield has worsened due to the Russian offensives. Consequently, Ukrainian officials have asked their U.S. and NATO counterparts for help in training 150,000 soldiers closer to the front lines for quicker deployment.

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The United States refused to send even military advisers to Ukraine urges its NATO allies to follow suit. At the same time, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Charles Brown thinks the decision to deploy military trainers is ultimately “inevitable.”

“We’ll get there eventually, over time,” the report quotes Brown.

The article notes that moving training to Ukrainian territory, as military officials acknowledge, would allow U.S. instructors to gather real-time information about innovations happening battlefield, potentially improving their training programs.

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