Irish soldiers are in Cyprus training their Ukrainian counterparts, the head of the Irish armed forces Lt. Gen. Seán Clancy has revealed.
As reported by the Irish Times, Lt. Gen. Clancy told an annual military conference in Trim, Ireland, that "Irish troops were already in Cyprus delivering basic explosive ordnance disposal and demining training to Ukrainian forces. Other Defence Forces personnel were co-ordinating the mission from Germany and Brussels."
This training operation is part of the so-called Military Assistance Mission for Ukraine (EUMAM) established by the EU from November 2022.
A total of 24 EU member states participate in the program, training Ukrainian armed forces on EU soil.
It is noted that during the EU General Affairs Council in Brussels last November, when the EUMAM program was approved, the former Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulidis welcomed the decision and announced Cyprus' intention to participate by providing expertise in the field of demining.
Ireland had committed 30 military trainers to the programme, mainly in bomb disposal and battlefield medical assistance.