US trainers from the Florida National Guard were deployed in November to Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military released these photos taken on Sunday. They show US instructors training Ukrainian soldiers in the use of missile launchers, in particular the shoulder-launched weapon known as the M141 Bunker Disposal Munition. The M141 is described by the US military as “very effective against targets, including fortified positions” and capable of breaching walls and “neutralizing light armored vehicles”. the American trainers are from the Florida National Guard. They were deployed in November to Ukraine.
The Florida National Guard is conducting training at a base in western Ukraine, far from the eastern border. It’s about a 12-hour drive from where Russian President Vladimir Putin is staging troops and high-tech military hardware.
Ukraine’s national security secretary told the AP on Monday that Russian forces would be immediately repelled if they attacked. He said his government had the capacity to mobilize 2.5 million people.
But the Ukrainian government now also estimates that Russia has at least 127,000 troops massed on three sides of the country.