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    • Ireland 'wants' to be part of EU training mission for Ukrainian military - Coveney

      The Minister for Foreign Affairs has said Ireland wants to be involved in an EU training mission for the Ukrainian military, following outline agreement yesterday among defence ministers in Prague.

      Speaking in the Czech capital, Simon Coveney said: "Hopefully by the end of next month, we'll be in a position to formalize the structure of what that might look like.

      "Ireland is supportive of that and wants to be involved."

      A number of EU member states have already provided military training for Ukrainian personnel.

      However, until now the EU has preferred to provide financial support and weapons for Ukraine.

      It is understood any training mission for the Ukrainian military would happen outside the country, most likely in the Baltic States or Poland.

      Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, says member states could pool their resources more effectively under an EU-sponsored training programme.

      He suggested the operation could focus on logistics, military health and providing protection against nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.....