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    Polish Military to Instruct Ukrainian Troops Under NATO Program

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    Polish instructors in Ukraine will be the part of NATO program that began in 2014, according to Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — The Polish military will provide training to Ukrainian troops as part of the NATO program, Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said Thursday.

    "It's a training mission. Within its framework Polish officers will train officers and junior ranks of the Ukrainian Army," Schetyna said at a press briefing in Berlin.

    Schetyna added that the training of Ukrainian troops by Polish instructors was not tied with the events in eastern Ukraine.

    "Polish instructors in Ukraine are part of a wider NATO program that began last year. It doesn't concern the events in the east of Ukraine or the relations between Ukraine and Russia," Schetyna said.

    Poland is not the only NATO country that intends to train Ukrainian troops.

    In late February, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Britain would send military instructors to Ukraine to train local forces throughout March, developing an infantry training program with Ukraine.

    Earlier in the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry said some 300 US troops had arrived to a base in western Ukraine to train government troops.

    Russia-NATO relations have been strained since March 2014, when Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and reunify with Russia, which prompted accusations from the alliance that Moscow had "annexed" the region. The organization suspended its cooperation with Russia over the allegations, which Russian authorities have denied.

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