Ukraine to start training on US Abrams tanks in Germany in coming days – Pentagon

24 May, 12:32 PM
M1A1 Abrams tanks (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

M1A1 Abrams tanks (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

The United States will begin training Ukrainian soldiers on Abrams tanks in Germany "in the next week or so”, Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder told Voice of America on May 23.

About 250 Ukrainians will arrive in Germany this week to train on 31 tanks, an unnamed senior military official confirmed. They will spend 10 weeks learning how to drive, maneuver, and maintain them, said VOA.

The structure of the course is similar to that of the Bradley and Stryker vehicles that the Ukrainian Armed Forces received in early 2023.

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Ukraine will not receive the tanks used in the training. Instead, 31 M1A1 Abrams under repair in the United States will be transferred.

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said that the Abrams tanks would be delivered to Kyiv in early fall.

On Feb. 20, U.S. President Joe Biden said that Ukraine's allies had "sent nearly 700 tanks to defend" the country from the aggressor.

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