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Borrell says EU has already trained 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers

Another 15,000 will be trained by the end of the year.

Borrell says EU has already trained 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers
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The European Union Mission to provide military assistance to Ukraine has already trained 15,000 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, European Commission Vice-President Josep Borrell has said this at a briefing after a meeting of the EU Council in Brussels.

"The good news is that the European training mission has completed its initial goal of training 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers. And we will train another 15,000 by the end of the year," Borrell said.

According to him, the success of Ukraine's defence depends not only on the courage of Ukrainian soldiers, but also on the pace of supply of weapons.

"I have emphasised that every day of delay in our supplies should be measured in human lives. This is not a matter of money. This is a matter of people being killed and soldiers being killed or wounded. I have urged all ministers to speed up supplies and participate in joint purchases of ammunition for Ukraine, as well as to finalise the next tranche of the European Peace Fund," Borrell said.

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