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The US Department of Defense (Dod) has confirmed the country’s plans to launch a combined arms training initiative to hone the battle skills of Ukrainian soldiers.

The announcement was made by Pentagon press secretary and US Air Force brigadier general Pat Ryder during a media briefing on 15 December.

Ryder said: “While there’s an understandable focus on equipment being provided to Ukraine, training is and has been essential to ensuring Ukraine has the skilled forces necessary to better defend themselves.”

The combined arms and joint manoeuvre training is expected to start in January 2023. It will be conducted in and around the US ranges in Germany.

Ryder stated that soldiers from the US Army Europe and Africa Command’s 7th Army Training Command will be deployed to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Once deployed, the US personnel will train approximately 500 Ukrainian soldiers in a month.

Ryder said the decision to choose which of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ service members will receive this training will be made by Ukraine. 

The training will be executed in a sequential manner, starting from classroom exercises and then to practical training in the field. It will start from the lowest-level units, working up to larger units.

Ryder added: “Importantly, it will also include battalion headquarters staff training.”

With this training initiative, the US is now planning to not send its soldiers to Europe to support its new training effort.

In continuous efforts to strengthen Ukrainian troops, Germany has also announced the delivery of additional military support on 15 December.

The updated list of delivered packages includes additional InfraRed Imaging System Tail (IRIS-T) missiles, two Bergepanzer vehicles, four ambulances, 30,000 rounds of 40mm ammunition, and 5,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition.