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Nuetral Ireland? Irish Defence Forces to take part in EU mission to train Ukrainian soldiers

Following a government decision today, the Irish Defence Force will train members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in a new EU mission.

Up to 30 members of the defence forces will take part in the new European Union Military Assistance Mission (EUMAM) in support of Ukraine.

The training will take place in other EU member states.

TĂ¡nĂ­st and Defence Minister Michael Martin said: “Given Ireland’s steadfast support for Ukraine and the considerable experience our Defence Forces have in providing training both at home and overseas, the Government regards the participation of the Defence Forces in this mission as an important signal of Ireland’s unwavering support for and solidarity with Ukraine,” reports RTE.

Speaking as he entered the cabinet this morning, Mr Martin said: ‘We are quite concerned about unexploded bombs and ordinances across Ukraine and therefore there are certain areas that, if we can be of assistance, we will, on the training side,” reports RTE.

Last October, the Russian ambassador said that if Ireland helped Ukraine remove landmines, the country would be directly involved in the conflict.

Yuriy Filatov said at the time: “There is no way around the fact that by engaging with the Ukrainian military, be it on mines or otherwise, Ireland would clearly be involved in the ongoing conflict in a direct way,” reports RTE.

The stated purpose of EUAM Ukraine is to enhance the military potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to enable them to defend the territory of Ukraine as well as protect the civilian population.

Equipment (both lethal and non-lethal), supplied by EU member states, is financed by the European Peacekeeping Facility (EPF). Ireland’s financial contribution to the EPF is directed towards non-fatal items only, in line with the terms of the government programme.

From 28 November 2022, 24 EU member states have so far offered more than 100 training modules, reports RTE.

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