Mon, 06 Feb 2023

DUBLIN, Ireland: Due to security concerns at Ireland's embassy in Kyiv and for Ambassador Theresa Healey, a group of Army Rangers are being prepared to provide security in Ukraine, according to The Irish Times.

The Irish embassy in Ukraine reopened in August 2022. Besides protecting the compound, the army unit will be responsible for the personal protection of Ambassador Theresa Healey.

After weighing whether to send Army Rangers to Ukraine was raised in 2022, it was noted that legislation would need to be passed allowing for the deployment of rangers outside of Ireland.

Of note, despite having no legal framework, the government sent Army Rangers to Afghanistan in 2021 to provide security at Kabul airport while evacuating Irish citizens.

Additionally, Ireland's Army Rangers routinely provide protection to ministers traveling in dangerous parts of the world.

A law approved in 2006 allows for the use of Irish soldiers outside the country who are on training missions, ceremonial duties and humanitarian tasks. However, the law does not mention the use of soldiers for the protection of embassy personnel.

Also, recent media reports indicate that Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister Michel Martin will soon submit legislation to allow for the deployment of troops overseas, which will be followed by Army Rangers being sent to Kyiv.

Additionally, the Ukrainian government had earlier informed Irish officials that it had approved the deployment of armed Irish troops on its territory to protect the embassy and ambassador.

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