US has trained 7,000 Ukrainian troops so far, Pentagon says

31 March, 01:23 AM
Patriot air defense in Poland (Photo:REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Patriot air defense in Poland (Photo:REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the United States has trained over 7,000 Ukrainian troops, including 65 service members who recently completed their Patriot air defense system training at Fort Sill, U.S. Department of Defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said on March 30, as reported by CNN.

Ryder added that by the end of March, more than 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers will have completed combined arms training in Germany.

“Additional combined arms training is currently underway at Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas in Germany, with two mechanized infantry battalions consisting of 1,200 Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel,” Ryder said.

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In recent weeks, Ukraine has received Leopard-2 main battle tanks from a number of countries, in addition to UK Challenger-2 tanks, Stryker AFVs, Bradley and Marder IFVs, and four MiG-29 fighter jets supplied by Slovakia.

On March 29, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that several Patriot batteries pledged to Ukraine by its international partners are yet to be deployed.

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