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May 2, 2022

US starts training Ukrainian troops on key systems in Germany

Most of the training will be provided by Florida National Guardsmen currently located in Germany.

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Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby has announced that the US has started training Ukrainian troops on key systems that are being used to combat the ongoing Russian aggression.

The training is being provided by the US Army Europe and Africa in Germany.

Kirby said: “These efforts build on the initial artillery training that Ukraine’s forces already have received elsewhere and also includes training on radar systems and armoured vehicles that have been recently announced as part of security assistance packages.”

Most of the training will be provided by Florida National Guardsmen, who were in Ukraine before the conflict started. The Army units deployed in Germany may also be called to support the training.

After receiving the training, the Ukrainian soldiers will move back to Ukraine to upskill fellow soldiers.

Besides the US, Canada is providing necessary training to Ukrainian troops to operate M-777 howitzer. The training services are being provided in Europe. 

Last week, US President Joe Biden has asked Congress for $33bn to step up military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.

The proposed funding is expected to be used to deliver additional artillery, armoured vehicles, and anti-armour and anti-air capabilities to the embattled country.

Reuters reported that France will also increase military and humanitarian support for Ukraine.

During a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, French President Emmanuel Macron also voiced concerns regarding Russian bombardment of Ukrainian cities.

Separately, Germany is also planning to send long-ranged howitzers to Ukraine, a source told the news agency. Currently, the German government is holding talks with the Netherlands to deliver Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.

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