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Polish paratroopers training elite Ukrainian ‘cyborg’ troops

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Roberto Galea 19.05.2017 11:58
Paratroopers from Poland’s 6th Airborne Brigade will participate in a US-led mission to train Ukrainian soldiers from an elite group known as “cyborgs”.
A Ukrainian soldier during training. Photo: Sgt. Anthony Jones A Ukrainian soldier during training. Photo: Sgt. Anthony Jones

“Cyborgs” were instrumental in defending the Donetsk airport during the War in Donbass in 2014. They earned their nickname due to their relentless defence of the Airport during the ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The training is being conducted as part of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U), a US-led training mission in support of Ukraine.

The 40 paratroopers from the 6th Airborne Brigade in Kraków, southern Poland, will provide training in “tactics and operational procedures related to individual and support weaponry”, Lt. Col. Szczepan Głuszczak, spokesman of the General Command of the Polish Armed Forces, was quoted as saying by the defence24.pl website.

Apart from Polish troops, the US is also working alongside partners from Canada, the UK, Lithuania, and Denmark.

According to a US Army website, the country will continue training and advising Ukrainian security forces until 2020, “and JMTG-U will oversee defensive and security training for up to five battalions of [Ukrainian] Ministry of Defense forces per year”. (rg/pk)

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