Poland, Germany to train Ukrainian troops under EU scheme says FM

On Monday, Zbigniew Rau (pictured right with Lithuanian foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis) took part in a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. Olivier Hoslet/PAP/EPA

An EU training mission for Ukrainian soldiers will take place in Poland, Germany and any other country that decides to accept this responsibility, the Polish foreign minister has said.

On Monday, Zbigniew Rau took part in a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. After the talks, he said that the ministers had managed to develop a legal framework for the operation of an EU training mission for Ukrainian soldiers.

"Now we know for sure that the mission will operate in Poland, Germany and any other country willing to take up this responsibility," Rau said. "If they don't, then we'll host instructors from the countries that do not decide to open such missions."

Last month, the EU Council agreed to set up the Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine). According to the European Council's website, "the aim of the mission is to contribute to enhancing the military capability of Ukraine's Armed Forces to effectively conduct military operations, in order to allow Ukraine to defend its territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, effectively exercise its sovereignty and protect civilians."

Earlier on Monday, the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU commented on Poland's recent provision of 1,570 Starlink satellite internet terminals to Ukraine.

"(The) Recent supply of additional 1570 #Starlink terminals by Poland to Ukraine is part of our comprehensive support to Kyiv and Ukrainian people," the representation wrote on Twitter.

"Overall, Poland already provided Ukraine with more than 13,500 terminals," the diplomats added.