First Batch of Ukrainian Soldiers Complete Training in North Macedonia

First Batch of Ukrainian Soldiers Complete Training in North Macedonia

Ukraine is bolstering its army anew as the first batch of Ukrainian soldiers completed their training in North Macedonia.

Fresh Line of New Ukrainian Soldiers

The war is not over yet and Ukraine will continue reinforcing its troops to oust Russian soldiers. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is optimistic the first batch of Ukrainian soldiers trained in North Macedonia would be a big help in counterattacking Putin’s forces. More than 100,000 soldiers have been training in facilities of over 30 partner countries for not more than two years.

According to Defense Minister Slavjanka Petrovska, the Balkan state will keep training Ukrainian soldiers throughout 2024 as long as it is necessary. The training manifested in facilities the North Macedonian military owned. However, the minister didn’t define the kind of training or how many soldiers are training.

North Macedonia has been a NATO member since 2020 and is the second Balkan state to offer facilities on its own soil to train Ukrainian soldiers. It followed Romania, which offered its bases ever since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, North Macedonia has sent 10 batches of military support to Kyiv. This Balkan state was considered one of the leading benefactors of weaponry among Ukraine’s allies.

Despite its size and population, it’s restocking with Western armaments. It has already sent Ukraine 12 Mi 24 Soviet-era attack helicopters, four Su 25 ground attack jets, and 30 T 72 Soviet-era tanks. Actually, this weaponry was bought from Ukraine in 2001.

Romania, on the other hand, hosted instructors from other countries to train Ukrainian troops. This month it initiated a training centre for Ukrainian pilots to learn to fly Western-supplied F-16 fighter jets in future.

In August, Greece also extended its help by offering to train Ukrainian F-16 pilots, however, not on its own soil. Slovenia also participated in the training endeavour in 2022, sending its instructors to Germany’s training sites.

Main Urgencies of Ukrainian Military’s International Training System

Major General Oleksandr Kyrylenko is grateful for the joint efforts that developed the training system for the Armed Forces. This would advance the efficiency of all defence aspects in holding off the Russian Federation’s armed aggression. Kyrylenko is the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces deputy chief.

Currently, the international training system of the Ukrainian military focuses on four main urgencies. It includes collective training of different unit levels, basic training for fresh recruits, training for commanders and junior officers, and instructions on using foreign weaponry.

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