Operation Fearless Guardian

Almost 300 U.S. Paratroopers  arrived in Ukraine on the 17th of April 2015, to conduct Operation Fearless Guardian. A military program to help Ukraine in its effort to train the newly formed National Guard. Which would be later on deployed on the front line against pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast.

All the following pictures were taken last August at the Starychi Military Base located 40Km outside of Lviv, western Ukraine.

 U.S. paratroopers demonstrating how to clear a room to Ukrainian soldiers.

U.S. paratroopers demonstrating how to clear a room to Ukrainian soldiers.

 Ukrainian and U.S. soldiers discussing about tactics to use while taking assault on buildings.

Ukrainian and U.S. soldiers discussing about tactics to use while taking assault on buildings.

 Ukrainian soldier listening to U.S. instructors.

Ukrainian soldier listening to U.S. instructors.

 Ukrainian soldiers joking around after their theoretical course.

Ukrainian soldiers joking around after their theoretical course.

 Staff Sergeant Murray and Staff Sergeant Dolce from the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Staff Sergeant Murray and Staff Sergeant Dolce from the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

 Ukrainian soldier covering his brother in arms during an exercise where they take assault on a fake village hold by their American counterparts.

Ukrainian soldier covering his brother in arms during an exercise where they take assault on a fake village hold by their American counterparts.

 Ukrainian soldiers peaking at the corner of a fake building while an American officer monitor the exercise.

Ukrainian soldiers peaking at the corner of a fake building while an American officer monitor the exercise.

 Ukrainian soldier covering his comrades from behind railways.

Ukrainian soldier covering his comrades from behind railways.

 Ukrainian soldiers clearing the fake village building by building.

Ukrainian soldiers clearing the fake village building by building.

 Ukrainian and American soldiers leaving the fake village at the end of the exercises.

Ukrainian and American soldiers leaving the fake village at the end of the exercises.

 Ukrainian soldier.

Ukrainian soldier.

 American soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade eating lunch at the shooting range. 

American soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade eating lunch at the shooting range. 

 U.S. paratroopers training at the shooting range.

U.S. paratroopers training at the shooting range.

 U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade searching and gathering their ammunition casings.

U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade searching and gathering their ammunition casings.

 Paratroopers marking their target hits.

Paratroopers marking their target hits.

 U.S. soldiers sliding a  nasal trumpet inside the nose of their comrade during medical training.  

U.S. soldiers sliding a nasal trumpet inside the nose of their comrade during medical training.  

 Paratroopers inspecting the chest of their comrade during medical training. 

Paratroopers inspecting the chest of their comrade during medical training. 

 Officer supervising the medical training giving instructions.

Officer supervising the medical training giving instructions.

 Team leader from the Ukrainian National Guard giving instruction to his soldiers at the beginning of a patrol exercise.

Team leader from the Ukrainian National Guard giving instruction to his soldiers at the beginning of a patrol exercise.

 Ukrainian National Guard on patrol exercise.

Ukrainian National Guard on patrol exercise.

 Ukrainian soldiers walking past an American HUMVEE during a patrol exercise.

Ukrainian soldiers walking past an American HUMVEE during a patrol exercise.

 Ukrainian soldiers hitting the ground and returning fire after being ambushed by U.S. soldier during the patrol exercise. 

Ukrainian soldiers hitting the ground and returning fire after being ambushed by U.S. soldier during the patrol exercise. 

 Ukrainian soldiers returning fire from behind cover as they slowly progress inside the forest.

Ukrainian soldiers returning fire from behind cover as they slowly progress inside the forest.

 Ukrainian soldier from the national guard running through the forest towards the attackers position during a patrol exercise.

Ukrainian soldier from the national guard running through the forest towards the attackers position during a patrol exercise.

 Ukrainian soldier guarding one of his U.S. counterpart playing dead during exercise.

Ukrainian soldier guarding one of his U.S. counterpart playing dead during exercise.

 Ukrainian serviceman searching the U.S. paratrooper as his comrades secure the area.

Ukrainian serviceman searching the U.S. paratrooper as his comrades secure the area.

 Ukrainian soldiers from the national guard returning to their patrol path after successfully defeating  an ambush during their training exercise.

Ukrainian soldiers from the national guard returning to their patrol path after successfully defeating  an ambush during their training exercise.