Until last month, Florida National Guard soldiers were at a bombed out Ukrainian base
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Florida National Guard unit of 165 soldiers was at a bombed-out Ukrainian military training facility last month.
At least 35 people were killed and 134 injured early Sunday when Russia fired 30 missiles at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in western Ukraine
The Florida National Guard deployed there in November 2021. The base, called Yavoriv Combat Training Center, is less than 15 miles from the Polish border.
National Guard troops worked with the Ukrainian Armed Forces to improve combat training and increase the training capacity of four Ukrainian Armed Forces brigades.
Early last month, Florida troops trained Ukrainian soldiers in the use of the M141 Bunker Defeat ammunition.
By the time they left the United States, the Florida National Guard was expecting a 9-12 month deployment, called Task Force Gator. Troops from Florida first arrived in Albania, then proceeded to the Ukrainian base.
The Florida soldiers’ visit was the 11th deployment of U.S. soldiers to the training facility, according to Stars and Stripes.
The Florida unit was ordered out of Ukraine on February 12 – less than two weeks before Russia attacked and invaded Ukraine, the Military Times reported.
WFLA and Associated Press contributed to this report