Unknown where: US trains Ukrainians to work with US 155mm artillery
KYIV, ($1=29.46 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The United States has started training about 50 Ukrainian servicemen on how to handle the howitzers donated to them by Washington, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing the Ukrainian online portal mil.in.ua.
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The information was confirmed by a representative of the US Department of Defense, who told reporters about the start of training of Ukrainian artillerymen to use the US-made howitzers. The CNN and the online portal European Justice also confirm the information.
The training concerns work with 155 mm artillery systems, which the United States is handing over to the Ukrainian armed forces to combat the full-scale invasion of Russia. According to the American official, about 50 Ukrainians study outside Ukraine. The official did not specify in which country they were held.
“This is a small number of Ukrainians, a little more than 50, they will be trained in howitzer handling and then be able to return to Ukraine and train their colleagues,” the official said. He added that American artillery shells had already arrived in Europe to be sent to Ukraine.
Recall that a week ago, US President Joe Biden announced additional military aid to Ukraine in the amount of $800 million, expanding it to include heavy artillery in the new aid package. The military aid package for Ukraine, announced on April 13, 2022, included 18,155-mm howitzers and 40,000 rounds of ammunition.
It was recently announced that the United States and Britain would provide additional artillery to Ukraine. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said Canada would send “heavy artillery” to Ukraine.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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