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EU Council approves extra funding for training Ukrainian military

EU Council approves extra funding for training Ukrainian military Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Council of the European Union today, on November 2, adopted a decision to provide additional funding for the training of military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to the website of the EU Council.

Such training of Ukrainian Armed Forces fighters is conducted within the framework of the European Union's Military Assistance Mission (EUMAM Ukraine).

The funding will be increased by 194 million euros, totaling 255 million euros.

"The objective of today’s decision is to continue supporting the capacity building of the Ukrainian Armed Forces by EUMAM, based on Ukrainian needs and taking into account the increasing scope and complexity of the training curriculum," the statement from the EU Council said.

It is also noted that this support will continue to contribute to the extensive training of the Ukrainian military personnel and enable EU member states to provide necessary training equipment and materials.

Training of Ukrainian military under the auspices of EUMAM

About a year ago, the European Union's training mission for the Ukrainian military (EUMAM Ukraine) achieved full operational readiness. The mission's mandate was initially set for two years, and the financial guideline for total expenditure was set at 3.1 billion euros.

Several countries are involved in training Ukrainian military personnel.

Since the launch of the EUMAM Ukraine mission in October last year and as of today, over 34,000 Ukrainian soldiers have undergone training under the program.

It was also reported at the end of October that Germany had commenced training a group of Ukrainian military personnel on the Patriot air defense system.