The boss of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milleytraveled this Tuesday to the border Polish-Ukrainian and met for the first time with his Ukrainian counterpart, Valery Zaluzhnya meeting that highlighted the growing ties between the two armed forces and at a crucial moment when Russia’s war in Ukraine is about to celebrate a year.
The two officials met for a couple of hours at an undisclosed location in southeastern Poland. So much milley What Zaluzhny have spoken on previous occasions about the Ukrainian military needs and the state of the war, but they had never met in person.
Meanwhile, the international community is increasing the military aid to Ukraine. The United States and a coalition of European nations are expanding the troop training and providing a battery of patriot missilestanks, air defense and other weapons.
Ukrainian forces face fierce battles in the eastern province of Donetskwhere the Russian troops, supported by thousands of the mercenary group Wagnertry to reverse the tide after a series of setbacks on the battlefield.
The colonel Dave Butler, Milley’s spokesman, told two reporters traveling with the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the two generals considered it important to meet in person. The journalists did not go with Milley to the meeting and, under conditions imposed by the military, agreed not to identify the woman. military base in it southeastern Poland.
“The two have been speaking on a regular basis for a year now and have gotten to know each other,” Butler said. “They have talked in detail about Ukraine’s defense against Russian aggression. And it’s important… when two military professionals look into each other’s eyes and talk about very, very important matters, there is a difference.”
According to the American newspaper The Washington Postthe meeting was organized after it was confirmed that Valery Zaluzhny I could not attend a Wednesday meeting of senior NATO military officials in Brussels. Milley was accompanied by five other Americans, an interpreter and security personnel.
Last Sunday, a new and extensive combat training of the us army to the Ukrainian forces, with the aim that a battalion of about 500 soldiers return to the battlefield to fight the Russians in the next five to eight weeks, said General Mark Milley
The boss of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff Indian that the troops being trained left the Ukraine a few days ago.
The so-called combined arms training is aimed at hone the skills of the Ukrainian forces so that they are better prepared to launch an offensive or counter any wave of Russian attacks. They will learn how to better move and coordinate their units on the battlefield using combined artillery, armor, and ground forces.
Speaking to two reporters who traveled with him to Europe on Sunday, Milley said that complex, combined training with a host of new weapons, artillery, tanks and other vehicles who are heading to Ukrainewill be key in helping the country’s forces retake territory that has been occupied by Russia in the nearly 11-month war.
“This support is really important so that Ukraine can defend itself,” Milley said. “And we hope we can achieve this here in a short time.”
The goal, he said, is all incoming weapons and equipment are delivered to Ukraine so that the newly trained forces can use them “sometime before the spring rains appear.
(With information from The Associated Press)
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