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Ukrainian “eagles” on the way to Georgian mountains2010-11-26 11:59
Kiev and Tbilisi have agreed to continue trainings for Ukrainian infantry units in Georgian mountains. Ukrainian defense minister Mikhail Ezhel has complimented the Georgian mountainous marksmanship center stating there are things worth learning. The question is why Ukraine, far not the highest country in the world, needs a special unit of "Georgian" shooters given chronic lack of cash for alimentation of the contingent.
"Georgia's mountainous marksmanship center is an advanced facility training specialists for action in the mountains. There are things to be adapted like equipment, weaponry and tactics, - Mikhail Ezhel remarked adding that the conditions the Georgian side proposes are acceptable to Ukraine.
The minister highlights Kiev's readiness to train Georgian military in Ukrainian colleges given Tbilisi's desire to assess capabilities of Ukraine's defense plants repairing armor and radio equipment. "Georgia is interested to update equipment produced in the Soviet Union" - Ezhel told.
Both agreements Ukrainian defense minister told about sound divisive. As the experts remark, the Carpathians and Crimea highlands provide absolutely no opportunity for military drills. Besides, their altitudes are hardly higher than 2,000 m. It is absolutely unclear whom Ukraine will fight with in a mountainous area. As we know, Ukrainian infantry units organized drills in Sachkher specialized training center (Georgia) before, but the trainings stopped after the August 2008 events.
Strange as it is, Kiev accounts the decision of sending 50 officers of separate guard mountain infantry battalion stationed in the Carpathians, for thrift. According to an unnamed source in the defense ministry of Ukraine, there are no such warfare centers in the country. Europe has two - one in Austria and the other in Switzerland. But drills in Europe would be a heavy blow to the republic's budget, Kommersant writes. As for Sachkher base, it has been operating for 6 years. Over these period shooters from many countries have been trained there. Recently it has been made compliant with all NATO standards.
Saving money is an acute issue in the Ukrainian army. As mass media write, 96% of the active army is compelled to take classes without field maneuvers because of lack of finance. Still, is it worthwhile to spend money on shooting drills in the mountains in a situation like this?