US army commander Hodges visits Ukraine

Ben Hodges says the U.S. has no plan to deploy troops in Ukraine amid ongoing tensions in east

20.05.2015 - Update : 20.05.2015
US army commander Hodges visits Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine

 The commander of U.S. Army in Europe, Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, visited Ukraine on Tuesday.

Hodges arrived in the western city of Lviv where the U.S. troops had been training Ukrainian soldiers amid unrest in Ukraine’s east against pro-Russian separatists.

In his remarks to the reporters, Hodge said the U.S. armed forces would do their part to share their experiences with Ukrainian troops.  

He also said the U.S. was not planning to deploy troops in Ukraine, which he said was capable of defending itself, while adding that the training would continue.

Fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has left more than 6,000 dead since April 2014, according to the U.N.

Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula in March of last year.

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