Czech Republic plans to train 4,000 Ukrainian military this year

Czech Republic plans to train 4,000 Ukrainian military this year

This year, the Czech Republic could train 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers on its territory.

This was stated by the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic, Jana Černohová, Ukrinform reports citing iDnes.

The head of the defence ministry recalled that last year 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers were trained in the Czech Republic and confirmed that the same number was approved for this year.

"As soon as we receive information that a shift has been formed, we provide our training facilities and instructors," Chernokhova said, adding that the maximum number of "shifts" is 800 soldiers.

At the same time, she said that the Czech Republic does not plan to send its instructors directly to Ukraine, given the geographical proximity of the military training grounds in Libava and Olomouc to the neighbouring state. According to Chernokhova, some countries are considering this possibility due to their distance from Ukraine.

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"There are several hundred kilometres from the Slovak-Ukrainian border to our Libava. Therefore, as for the Czech Republic, I can say that we are not planning or preparing anything like this at the moment," she said.

As Ukrinform reported, the day before, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to form a coalition of countries ready to send instructors to Ukraine in the near future.

France is considering sending its military instructors to Ukraine to speed up the training of Ukrainian soldiers, in particular in demining and maintenance of military equipment.

Photo: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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