The US Army will train Ukrainian soldiers in howitzers
youUkrainian soldiers will receive training on the use of US military howitzers, according to the Pentagon.
The announcement of the training, which Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Monday would take place “outside” Ukraine, came after the Biden administration unveiled last week an additional $800 million military aid package to the country which has been besieged by Russia for nearly two months.
“So it will be a small number of Ukrainians who will be trained on howitzers,” Kirby said. “And then they will be reintroduced to their country to train their colleagues.”
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Kirby mentioned that the training would take place in the “next few days” and predicted that the training would “not take very long” in order to bring the Ukrainian soldiers up to speed.
The Ukrainian army typically uses 152-caliber howitzers, he said, and training will focus on 155-caliber howitzers.
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“An artillery piece, I was told, is no different from other artillery pieces,” the Pentagon spokesman said.
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