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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
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    Approximately 300 US paratroopers arrived in Ukraine to train Ukrainian military personnel.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The deployment of military instructors by western countries to Ukraine can seriously destabilize the situation in the country, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

    On Thursday, the US Army announced on its website that approximately 300 US paratroopers arrived in Ukraine to train Ukrainian military personnel.

    Peskov told journalists:

    “The participation of instructors and specialists from third countries in Ukraine, where an unregulated internal Ukrainian conflict remains, where there is a situation with the southeast, where there are problems in fulfilling the points from the action plan of the Minsk agreements, and finally, the existence of instructors, specialists or military personnel from third countries by far will not help in the settlement of the conflict or by far won’t help create an atmosphere for the successful fulfillment of the [Minsk] agreements, but just the opposite, is capable of seriously destabilizing the situation.”

    In early March, the US government announced plans to deploy 300 military personnel to Ukraine for a joint training mission at a peacekeeping center near Lviv. Later, the US Army Europe Commander said the training had been delayed to give more time for the reconciliation process between Kiev and eastern Ukraine's independence militias.

    On March 30, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a bill allowing foreign troops to participate in a number of joint military exercises with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in 2015.

    Other countries that have expressed their intention to send military advisers to Ukraine for troop training include the United Kingdom, Canada and Poland.

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