The instructors are also based at NATO military bases outside Ukraine. The New York Times reports that special forces are coordinating the flow of foreign military aid to Ukraine and providing intelligence to Ukrainian military personnel to help prevent the threat of attacks by weapons and technical convoys. There are no NATO military instructors on the front line, they are not involved in hostilities.
Shortly after the start of the war in Ukraine, the US Army’s 10th Special Forces Task Force, which once trained Ukrainian special forces, formed a coalition unit with NATO Allied forces to coordinate assistance to Ukraine. It now includes 20 countries. U.S. Army spokeswoman Christine Wormoth said the unit is helping secure convoys supplying Western weapons to Ukraine and is assisting the Ukrainian army with intelligence on threats from Russian forces.
The coordination unit is based on a similar structure during the conflict in Afghanistan. It is just one of several assistance initiatives led by the Pentagon’s Europe Division. For example, the US Air Force unit “Gray Wolves” operates at Ramstein’s military base in Germany, advising the Ukrainian air force on tactics.