KIEV (Sputnik) — The training mission is funded by a US Global Contingency Security Fund, approved by the Congress.
"The 173rd Airborne Brigade is here to train with Ukrainian forces. We will be conducting classes on war-fighting functions, as well as training to sustain and increase the professionalism and proficiency of military staffs," Maj. Jose Mendez, a brigade operations officer said in the statement published Thursday.
On Tuesday, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government would deploy 200 troops to Ukraine as part of a training mission.
In March, a contract bid offer for logistical support posted on a US government website revealed that the US Army intended to send about 300 military personnel to Ukraine to conduct a joint training mission with the Ukrainian army near Lviv from March 5 until October 21.
Ukraine is planning to hold three joint exercises with US troops — Fearless Guardian 2015, Sea Breeze 2015 and Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident 2015 later this year. Kiev also plans two joint drills with Poland.