Ukrainian soldiers conclude first rotation of JMTG-U's Fearless Guardian II
Ukrainian soldiers have completed the first rotation of their Fearless Guardian II training at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine.
A part of Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine (JMTG-U) efforts, the training concluded with a two-day company situational training exercise.
The nine weeks of training involved 500 service personnel from the Ukrainian Land Forces and 24th Mechanized Brigade, as well as soldiers from the US Army's 1st Battalion.
The event trained soldiers in first aid, counter-unmanned aerial vehicle tactics and dealing with counter-improvised explosive devices.
Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine (JMTG-U) commander lieutenant colonel Nick Ducich said: "From all accounts, your progression from individual to collective level training demonstrated increased confidence, lethality, speed and most importantly teamwork."
The JMTG-U effort, which is aimed at strengthening Ukraine's internal defence and training capabilities, is supported by the US, Canada, Lithuania and the UK.
The event culminated in the completion of a mission undertaken by paratroopers from the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.
The second rotation of Fearless Guardian II is scheduled to commence in March, and will feature participants from the army's 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
Image: The second phase of Fearless Guardian will consist of training five battalions of Ukrainian army soldiers and one battalion of special operations forces. Photo: Staff Sgt. Adriana DiazBrown / US Army.