According to Kirby, the training of the Ukrainian military will come at the expense of a military aid package recently approved by the United States for Kyiv
The Pentagon has begun training Ukrainian servicemen in Germany on how to handle key Western weapons systems supplied to Kyiv, including radar stations and armored vehicles. This was stated by the press secretary of the US military department John Kirby, the broadcast was hosted by the El País YouTube channel.
“Today I can announce that the United States has begun training the Ukrainian armed forces to use key systems [weapons ] at the US military bases in Germany»,— he said.
According to Kirby, these exercises will be a continuation of previous training for the use of artillery pieces, which was carried out “in other places.” At the same time, they will also include training in handling new radar stations and armored vehicles, which were recently included in the US military aid package to Kyiv.
Also, a Pentagon spokesman said that Washington does not use private military companies in Ukraine, and that the American killed there was not related to the US Armed Forces.
According to the Pentagon, within two months of the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Washington has provided about $3.4 billion in security assistance to Kyiv. On April 22, the administration of US President Joe Biden announced the provision of a new $800 million will include tactical drones, howitzers and artillery shells for them.
On April 28, Biden turned to Congress with a request to allocate another $33 billion for these purposes: $20 billion should go to armaments and equipment for military personnel, as well as the purchase and supply of other military equipment, $8.5 billion— for direct economic support, $3 billion— for humanitarian aid and food security.
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In turn, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said earlier that the Bundeswehr had exhausted the limit of arms supplies to Ukraine from its reserves. At the same time, the Bundestag on the eve of the majority supported the document calling on the government to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine.
The Kremlin considers the supply of weapons to Ukraine a destabilizing factor that will not contribute to stability and order in this country. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov pointed out that a significant part of the weapons could fall into the hands of “bandits, Nazis, terrorists and criminals.” On April 25, Moscow also sent a note to Washington demanding to stop supplying weapons to Kyiv.