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Ukraine's National Guard will be Trained and Equipped by the U.S. Army.  Both the DoD and State Department have notified the U.S. Congress of the intent to use $19 million in Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF) authority to train and equip four companies and one tactical headquarters of the Ukrainian National Guard, as part of their efforts to build their capacity for internal defense.  Ukraine's National Guard continues to play a direct role in responding to the current crisis in the East of Ukraine, as well as ensuring Ukraine's internal security. 

The training would begin in February 2015, and would take place at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine.  Yavoriv is a city located in the Lviv Oblast of western Ukraine.  It is the administrative center of the Yavoriv Raion and rests approximately 50 kilometres west of the oblast capital, Lviv.


The U.S. battalion strength is 600 American paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based out of Vicenza, Italy.  “The training is to take place at the Yavariv training center in the western Ukrainian (Oblast) of Lviv, U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said.


Typically, a battalion consists of 300 to 800 soldiers and is divided into a number of companies.  A lieutenant colonel typically commands a battalion.  In some countries, the word "battalion" is associated with the infantry.  A company is a military unit, typically consisting of 80–250 soldiers and usually commanded by a captain or a major.  Most companies are formed of three to six platoons.

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