On April 16, during a working visit to Lviv region, the Prime Minister of Ukraine took part in the official ceremony of the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine (JMTG-U).
The ceremony was also attended by Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine a.i. Kristina Kvien, head of the Lviv Regional State Administration Maxym Kozytsky and head of the Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi National Army Academy Pavlo Tkachuk.
Denys Shmyhal, addressing the NATO military countries that conducted training of Ukrainian servicemen, thanked for their participation in strengthening the defense capabilities of our country.
"Joint exercises and training programs for the Ukrainian military are an extremely important component for Ukraine's further Euro-Atlantic integration and for bringing the Armed Forces of Ukraine closer to NATO standards. Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration is enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine. For our country, this is not only a geopolitical, but also a value-based choice," said the Prime Minister.
The Head of the Ukrainian Government also stressed that the expansion of military and military-technical cooperation, international military training programs are also a factor in deterring the aggressor.
"Demonstrating the support of Allies is now especially valuable for Ukraine and Ukrainians. Russia continues warmongering on the border with Ukraine. Such aggressive policy and behavior have already received the appropriate response and condemnation from the world community," said Denys Shmyhal.
In turn, Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine a.i. Kristina Kvien noted that "the Ukrainian Armed Forces have become a more capable, more professional fighting force, one of the most capable battle-ready in Europe today - and the United States is proud that our operative security efforts have supported this impressive development".
"Our work together includes the training you do here in Yavoriv - which helps to transform Ukraine’s military into a NATO-interoperable force. But this is just a part of the $2 billion in security assistance the United States has provided Ukraine since 2014, that has supported a broad range of steps to make Ukraine’s military the capable and effective force that it is today," said Kristina Kvien.