Ukrainian troops to begin M1 Abrams training ‘soon’
M1 Abrams tanks and other equipment in the United States, July 2, 2019 (Photo:REUTERS/Leah Millis)
Ukrainian crews will “relatively soon” begin training on U.S. M1 Abrams main battle tanks, CNN reported on April 4, citing a senior U.S. security official.
“Abrams training has not yet begun…” the official said during a briefing.
“We are still working on the equipment procurement so we haven't we have not yet begun the training, but I would expect that that will happen relatively soon.”
The official added that the United States has already trained more than 7,000 Ukrainian troops since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.
On Jan. 25, Washington announced plans to provide Ukraine with 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks.
On March 21, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said the United States is working to transfer Abrams tanks to Ukraine faster than initially planned.
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