Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chief of American army forces in Europe visits Ukraine

A U.S. military delegation headed by the commander of the U.S. army forces in Europe, Gen. Carter Ham, began a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported. The aim of the visit is to discuss the current status of and prospects for cooperation between the U.S. army and Ukrainian land forces as well as to look for ways of how to improve the training of Ukrainian land forces and make them more compatible with the armies of NATO member states, the ministry said.Monday's program includes a courtesy visit by Ham to the chief of the general staff of Ukraine's armed forces, Lt. Gen. Hryhory Pedchenko, a one-to-one meeting between Ham and land forces commander Col. Gen. Hennadiy Vorobyov, and a briefing by the Ukrainian military on current and planned future cooperation between the U.S. army and the Ukrainian land forces.On Tuesday, the American delegates will visit the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security in Lviv region. They will be able to see a paratroop exercise and a fire practice session in which BTR-80 armored personnel carriers and small arms will be used.The delegation will finish its program by visiting the Hetman Petro Sahaidachny Land Forces Academy in Lviv. http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/75460/#ixzz0upDeAYsc