Poland plans to send military instructors to Ukraine

Poland said Wednesday it plans to send a small contingent of troops to Ukraine to help train Kiev`s military officers, echoing a similar deployment from Britain.

AFP| Updated: Feb 26, 2015, 00:55 AM IST

Warsaw: Poland said Wednesday it plans to send a small contingent of troops to Ukraine to help train Kiev`s military officers, echoing a similar deployment from Britain.

"The Polish armed forces will take part in the reform of Ukraine`s sub-officers," said General Boguslaw Pacek, head of training at Poland`s Defence Ministry.

"The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has asked for training help from NATO countries. Poland`s response will be affirmative," he wrote on Twitter.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Tuesday that his country will send up to 75 soldiers to Ukraine on a "training mission" of about six months.

Cameron said they would not be sent to the conflict zone.

Poland is considering sending a contingent that very likely will include tens of soldiers said Pacek on Polish TV channel TVN, adding the details of the mission will become clearer in the coming weeks.

A UN-backed ceasefire showed signs of taking hold in Ukraine on Wednesday, when for the first time since it came into force February 15, no deaths were reported by either side for the past 24 hours.