Pentagon Says the US Is Training Ukrainian Forces in Germany

Training is also taking place at two other sites in Europe outside of Ukraine

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CategoriThe Pentagon announced Friday that the US has begun training Ukrainian forces in Germany on how to use advanced military equipment Washington is providing Kyiv.

“Today, I can announce that the United States has commenced training with the Ukrainian Armed Forces on key systems at US military installations in Germany,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

Kirby said the effort in Germany is building on artillery training Ukrainian forces had received from the US elsewhere in Europe outside of Ukraine. The US has been training Ukrainians on how to use howitzers, but wouldn’t disclose where the training was being held.

The current training is taking place in Germany and two other undisclosed locations in Europe. “We’re talking about roughly three locations outside of Ukraine, and in this case, we definitely can identify Germany as a site, but there are other sites outside Ukraine … we’re just not at liberty to disclose where they are,” Kirby said.

Kirby said 160 Florida National Guard troops that were stationed in Ukraine and pulled out before Russia’s invasion will be doing the “bulk” of the training. Besides artillery, the Ukrainians will also be trained to use radar systems and armored vehicles.

The UK is the only country reportedly training Ukrainian forces inside Ukrainian territory, a move that risks provoking Moscow. The Times reported that British Special Air Service (SAS) troops were in Kyiv training Ukrainians on how to use anti-tank weapons provided by London.

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The announced training in Germany comes after President Biden asked Congress for a massive $33 billion aid package for Ukraine, including $20.4 billion in military aid. Both the US and NATO have said they are prepared to support Ukraine against Russia in the long term.

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