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    NATO Continues Active Phase of Ukraine's Army Training

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    NATO instructors continue active phase of Ukraine's military personnel training in country's western Lviv region, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — In November 2015, the first stage of the US-Ukrainian Fearless Guardian joint military exercises ended in Lviv region. Later in the month, Ukraine's National Guard reported that five mechanized battalions and one special forces battalion would be trained by US military advisers, within the framework of the next stage of Fearless Guardian drills that would end in November 2016.

    "The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre of the National Land Forces Academy hosts the active phase of training of mechanized units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Currently, the U.S., Canadian, and Lithuanian instructors conduct training," the statement said.

    The statement added that the soldiers were honing their skills in conditions they could face in combat operations.

    Kiev is an active participant of joint military exercises with NATO states including the Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident-2015, Fearless Guardian-2015 and the naval drills Sea Breeze that took place last year.

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