: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia calls U.S. military trainers in Ukraine a ‘provocation’

MOSCOW — Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday called the arrival of U.S. military trainers in western Ukraine a “provocation” and warned Ukrainians and their leaders that they should rethink the consequences of hosting the Western forces.

The Pentagon had previously announced that as many as 300 soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Italy, would be sent to the Lviv region on Ukraine’s western border to train Ukrainian servicemen.

The Russian government statements calling the training mission provocative and a threat appeared to herald a backlash that will probably put further pressure on an already shaky cease-fire and weapons …read more

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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