Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly met with Deputy Adjunct General California Military Department Major General Matthew Beevers, where he thanked for support provided by California’s National Guard through its training program for the Ukrainian National Guard and Armed Forces. He emphasized that this assistance is highly important for strengthening Ukraine’s defense capacity.
The interlocutors discussed current cooperation, including the final stage in training of five Ukrainian battalions, which is due to be completed by early 2017. Major General Beevers spoke highly of the Ukrainian National Guard and Armed Forces.
Sides recognized the ongoing cooperation as mutually beneficial, since Ukraine not only enhances its defense capacity but it also shares a unique fighting experience in hybrid warfare and defending against the most modern weaponry used by Russia. Matthew Beevers also suggested that it would be good to extend the trainings to the Ukrainian border and emergency services.
Ambassador Chaly also proposed to expand the National Guard Partnership to involve other states, for instance, Ohio. General-Major has noted that this idea can be further considered in Pentagon.