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    Borrell visited training centre for Ukrainian soldiers in Poland

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    Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, paid a visit to a newly established EU training mission for Ukrainian troops in Poland.

    Borrell was speaking on Friday during a visit to a new EU training centre for Ukrainian soldiers in Brzeg, south-west Poland, where he talked to Polish instructors and Ukrainian soldiers.

    He had come to Poland on Thursday to take part in the OSCE Ministerial Council in the central city of Łódź.

    After visiting the training centre Borrell told reporters he had promised Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, in April that the EU would organise training for Ukrainian troops.

    He also said he felt humbled after talking to Ukrainian soldiers who had come to Poland to learn skills that would help them defend their homeland.

    “I am visiting today a training site of our new EU training mission for Ukrainian soldiers EUMAM. I will meet the first group of trainees of a total of 15,000 soldiers that will be trained by EUMAM. Grateful to Poland for hosting a significant part of the training on Polish soil,”

    Josep Borrell wrote on Twitter. 

    According to Borrell, the mission will cost European taxpayers EUR 100 million and will train 50,000 Ukrainian soldiers. Apart from EU personnel, British and Canadian instructors will also also be involved.

    Norway will pay an additional EUR 50 million and the EU will also purchase EUR 60 million worth of weapons to be used in the training.

    In October, the EU Council agreed to set up the Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine).

    “The aim of the mission is to contribute to enhancing the military capability of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to effectively conduct military operations, in order to allow Ukraine to defend its territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, effectively exercise its sovereignty and protect civilians,”

    according to the European Council’s website,

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