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    U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    Although it is not likely, I hope that none of these people are killed.

    The Kremlin said on Friday the arrival of about 300 U.S. paratroopers in Ukraine to train Kiev's National Guard could destabilize the situation in the east of the country, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting Ukrainian government forces.

    Ukraine has repeatedly asked for international help to boost its defensive capabilities. Western countries have so far declined its requests to supply weapons, while offering non-lethal military aid and training.

    "The participation of instructors or specialists from third countries on Ukrainian territory, where the domestic Ukrainian conflict is unresolved ... could destabilize the situation," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow during a conference call.

    He was referring to the arrival of the U.S. paratroopers in western Ukraine this week to begin a six-month training rotation with three battalions.

    Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of interfering in the year-old conflict by sending in troops and weapons. Moscow has denied those charges and warned against excessive Western influence in Ukraine.

    The training mission, which was first announced in August last year, had been due to start in March but was put on hold until further progress was made in implementing a ceasefire deal, agreed in February, to end a conflict in which more than 6,100 people have been killed.

    The truce remains technically in force, despite almost daily reports of casualties and ceasefire violations.

    Britain has already sent military personnel to train Ukrainian troops, while Canada and Poland have pledged to send 200 and 50 instructors respectively this year.
    U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin | Reuters

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    Re: U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    I can imagine how indignant and apoplectic the US government would be if Russian troops were training Mexican or Canadian troops.

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    Re: U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironfist View Post
    Although it is not likely, I hope that none of these people are killed.



    U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin | Reuters
    We should have had trainers there two decades ago and Nato should have brought the country in in the 90's.

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    Re: U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    I can imagine how indignant and apoplectic the US government would be if Russian troops were training Mexican or Canadian troops.
    You mean after the US had snatched a part of Canada?

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    Re: U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    We should have had trainers there two decades ago and Nato should have brought the country in in the 90's.
    Do you really think that we could have done it in the 90s.

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    Re: U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    I can imagine how indignant and apoplectic the US government would be if Russian troops were training Mexican or Canadian troops.
    If the US were to invade Mexico and Canada, then we would have that coming...

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    Re: U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironfist View Post
    Do you really think that we could have done it in the 90s.
    In the mid 90's it would have been easy but for objections from some member states. It would have been quite easy but for the same objectors, when Ukraine asked for entry. It was the same countries that blocked it, that helped to cause the problems Ukraine is now having.

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    Re: U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironfist View Post
    Do you really think that we could have done it in the 90s.
    Of course. A bankrupt Russia led by a drunk and run by the mafia wasn't going to be much of a problem

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    Re: U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    There are 200 Canadian trainers now in Ukraine also. Still way behind the number of Russian specialists in DNR/LNR.

    Interesting exposé about how the Russian 5th Tank Brigade participated at Debaltsevo in February. The 5th is normally stationed in Buryatskaya Oblast which borders Mongolia. The soldiers in the pics sure don't look Ukrainian.

    5-я танковая бригда ВС РФ в боях за Дебальцево

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    Re: U.S. military trainers in Ukraine may destabilize situation: Kremlin

    Talk about hypocritical.
    The Kremlin bitching about a few US military trainers...while Russia sends heavy artillery, surface-to-air missiles, armoured support and troops of their own.

    Glass houses, Russia....glass houses.

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