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The UK already has troops on the ground, training Ukrainian military.  And, now the US is joining in.

WASHINGTON -- The US Army is preparing to send approximately 300 troops at a time to train Ukrainian forces in western Ukraine, according to documents posted on a government contracting site.

A solicitation posted in late February said that the US government is looking for a contractor to provide seven 50-passenger buses from March 5 through Oct. 31 for the purpose of ferrying up to 300 US troops from the L'viv International airport to the International Peace Keeping and Security Center at the Yavoriv training range in the far west of Ukraine...

The Army will rotate 300 troops at a time it appears, with March, May, July, August and October being the relief dates for each group.

The plan to train four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard comes as part of a US State Department initiative "to assist Ukraine in strengthening its law enforcement capabilities, conduct internal defense, and maintain rule of law," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman told Defense News this year.

I can't help but think of the supposed French response when the British asked what they could offer at the start of WWI.  One dead soldier. Hopefully, the fact that this training is taking place in Lviv will make that a near impossibility, but wisdom of putting troops on the ground in a country at war while believing you can remain a non-combatant is one that I question.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Mar 5th, 2015 at 11:04:19 AM EST

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