VILNIUS - Ukrainian troops are starting a month-long explosive ordnance disposal course in Lithuania, the Lithuanian army said on Tuesday.
During the course organized by Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Lithuania, Ukrainian troops with no previous EOD knowledge will learn to work in low-intensity areas and will be provided with equipment.
"This year, we plan to organize four courses for Ukrainian troops under a joint program with the Nordic countries. EOD specialists will have to work for years to ensure that people can live safely after high-intensity combat operations, so the importance of this course is undeniable. Trained troops will be able to search for and destroy standard explosives currently used in Ukraine," said Captain Nerijus Alekna, the course coordinator in Lithuania.
The initial training is being provided by instructors from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, as well as those from the Lithuania Land Force's Juozas Luksa Training Center and Colonel Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion.
All troops undergoing training will be provided with everything they need, from a helmet and a protective suit to explosives search equipment. This equipment will be handed over to the Ukrainian troops following the completion of the course.
This program is aimed at training Ukrainian troops with no EOD knowledge and skills to safely carry out EOD operations in low-intensity areas.