Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held talks with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, Commander U.S. Army, Europe. General Poltorak underlined the key role of General Hodges in training missions conducted in Ukraine. “There are citizens in any country and if your country has patriots like Gen. Hodges, it’s honourable. Today, NATO assistance gives its practical results. The casualties among our soldiers have reduced and we prevail in military operations. It’s very important, as due to training, the professionalism of our soldiers has been increased”, Poltorak mentioned. The Minister also briefed on prospects of development and improvement of training infrastructure of military posts and training fields of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “I am sure we have to extend the geography of training in participation of the NATO instructors at the Ukrainian training fields”, the Head of Defence Ministry underscored. General Poltorak thanked General Hodges for a particular contribution to reforms of the Ukrainian army and presented him “For Development of Military Cooperation” medal.