Ukraine’s army will take delivery of a batch of U.S.-made Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) within a few weeks, Pentagon spokesman General Patrick Ryder said at a press briefing on Jan. 10.
“We’ll continue to work as quickly as we can, as I’m sure you can appreciate, we’re not going to announce in advance exactly when those systems will arrive,” he said.
“And certainly the Ukrainians, I’m sure, will highlight them once they do get on the ground.”
Ryder added training in using the vehicles for Ukrainian servicemen would take place at the U.S. Graffenwoehr training base in Germany.
He emphasized the United States would continue to provide Ukrainians with the capabilities they need to not only defend their country but to be able to take back territory.
On Jan. 6, the United States announced its largest ever individual aid package to Ukraine worth $3 billion. It included, in particular, 50 Bradley IFVs, RIM-7 Sea Sparrow SAM missiles, 138 HMMWV vehicles, and tens of thousands of artillery shells.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the new U.S. military aid package very powerful.
White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said that military aid from the new package would help Ukraine’s defenders in Donbas to meet their needs.