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Ukrainian military learning English in Estonia

BC, Tallinn, 11.09.2018.Print version

Eighteen personnel from the defense forces of Ukraine are attending an English language course at the Estonian National Defense College, reported LETA/BNS.

"We chose the people to attend the course from a unit that we are having intense cooperation with already, and from among the candidates we chose the ones who need English skills for specialist training in the future," Col. Risto Lumi, head of the faculty for strategy and history of war at the Estonian National Defense College, said according to spokespeople.

"We wish the number of members of the Ukrainian military fluent in English to have grown so much in the future that we can organize specialist training courses for them here in Estonia," Lumi said.

After acquiring the necessary English proficiency level in Estonia, the Ukrainian military will continue their training at various NATO courses.

The project is a follow-up to a pilot which saw two military personnel from Ukraine learn English in Estonia last year.

Ukraine has set its sights on acceding to the European Union and NATO, which requires increasing the percentage of people fluent in English in the country's armed forces, among other things.

The project for teaching English to military personnel from Ukraine was initiated and is being financed by the Estonian Ministry of Defense.

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