The training program is dubbed “Fearless Guardian,” according to Reuters, and is focused on defensive skills. The U.S. isn’t alone — British, Canadian and Polish instructors have taken Ukrainian forces under their wings as well, said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington.
“The issue of Ukraine’s independence is particularly powerful for Poland,” Farnsworth said. “Historically, it has great reason to fear Russian incursions into the region.”
A relatively large number of Ukrainian-Canadians and Ukrainian-Americans also make the issue important to Canada and United States, Farnsworth said.“If the primary goal for Russia is a weak Ukraine that is struggling to operate, the Russians may very well say mission accomplished with the status quo,” Farnsworth said.