New York Army Guard troops lend a helping hand and provide training for Ukraine

New York Army National Guard soldiers are stepping up and helping Ukraine win against Russia by dedicating 140 U.S. troops to coalition training.

These soldiers would be affected to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. They will complete initial training at Fort Bliss, Texas before deploying to Germany.

The troops are ready to help the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine mission in coordination with the European army. The soldiers are assigned to training at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center.

The United States already sent training troops to Germany at the start of the war, and New York National Guard soldiers will replace the 160 Florida National Guard soldiers from Task Force Gator in the 53rd Brigade. ‘infantry.

Other countries are also participating in the joint Multinational Training Group mission to Ukraine, including Poland, Sweden, Canada, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and Denmark.

Ukraine’s Military Roots

According Adrian Bonenberger, veteran and author of “The Disappointed Soldier and Other War Stories“Ukraine is endowed with highly intelligible and strategic military troops. After volunteering for 10 days to help the Ukrainian ground forces, he learned that the Ukrainian military was deeply rooted in his experiences with the Soviet Union. They have generals and junior officers who were part of the Soviet army. For this reason, they have an in-depth knowledge of how Russian intelligence works as well as general strategies.

Anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine (Source: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/Wikimedia Commons)

Although the Ukrainian forces underwent reform in the early 1990s, their military system was hit hard when resources dwindled. As a result, between 1991 and 2014 their army dwindled and almost disappeared.

So even if they had thousands of registered armored vehicles and tanks, without personnel to train on the equipment, it was useless.

However, support from Western nations continues to shape the Ukrainian military for the better. Instead of the rigorous Soviet-style military approach, they tackle war zones with agility.

Still, analysts are warning nations to interfere directly with Ukraine, as it could trigger a possible world war. The US administration has also issued a strong statement directly opposing the possibility of the United States participating in a world war.

“We will not fight World War III in Ukraine,” Biden said.

International support for volunteers

At the start of the war, the United States and NATO participants worked to establish a training center in Germany to help the Ukrainians. Florida National Guardsmen had previously trained Ukrainian soldiers and were the first to return to the field.

The Department of Defense underscored the United States’ staunch support for Ukraine and noted that aside from artillery, they believe training will be a critical aspect of the country’s continued support.

“The recent reunion of these Florida National Guard members with their Ukrainian colleagues, we are told, was an emotional reunion, given the strong bonds that were formed as they lived and worked together before parting ways. temporarily in February,” said Pentagon press secretary John. said F. Kirby.

Kirby added that soldiers in the field are highly trainable and eager to learn new skills. Trained Ukrainian soldiers should lead the local forces and train them afterwards.

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U.S. Marines and Ukrainian forces aboard 15 amphibious vehicles participated in an amphibious landing operation in Odessa, Ukraine.
U.S. Marines and Ukrainian forces aboard 15 amphibious vehicles participated in an amphibious landing operation in Odessa, Ukraine. (Source: NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization/Flickr)

In addition to the intervention of military troops, we also Veterans lend a hand to Ukraine. So does Perry Blackburn Jr., a retired Army Special Forces Lt. Col. who served 34 years in Iraq, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Somalia and Jordan. He said he was doing it because we all have a common enemy: Russia.

“Not using my talents in real time of need would be a waste… At my age, I’ve seen enough death and I want to try to stop the bloodshed. People have to be given the means to defend themselves.

There is a highly recognized “crowd-funded military support” in Ukraine called the “Mozart Group”, a nickname specifically chosen to retaliate against the Russian”Wagner Group.

Most volunteer veterans said they stepped in because they felt help was always lacking. According to Mozart’s leader, Andrew Milburn, a retired Marine Corps Special Warfare Colonel, they circumvent “American foreign policy.” This allows them to do the job while providing “plausible deniability”.

“We have no communication with the US military, period,” he said in an interview from his home in Tampa, Florida, where he recently returned to refuel before returning to the war zone. . “It’s a line they don’t want to cross. They will take no responsibility for our well-being or our actions.

Whether the training comes from volunteers or official envoys, taken together, these cumulative efforts are helping to improve Ukraine’s chances of winning and ultimately ending the war.

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