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EU to train up to 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers

This picture taken Jan 1, 2022 shows the European Union flag under the Arc de Triomphe, on the Place de l'Etoile in Paris.(ALAIN JOCARD / AFP)

BRUSSELS – The Council of the European Union (EU) on Tuesday announced the launch of a special military mission to support Ukraine in the ongoing conflict with Russia.

The European Union Military Assistance Mission (EUMAM ) has a non-executive mandate to provide training to up to 15,000 Ukrainian army personnel in multiple locations among EU member states, according to the Council.

The Council also announced it has adopted a 16 million euro assistance measure under the European Peace Facility (EPF) to support capacity building for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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This assistance measure will last for 24 months. To date, EU assistance for Ukraine under the EPF amounts to more than 3.1 billion euros ($3.22 billion).