US Rangers and Ukrainian soldiers will train on German soil

WASHINGTON — Joint training is being prepared by the US Rangers with their counterparts from Ukraine. It is expected to start already in January next year on German soil. The information has been officially confirmed by the US Department of Defense [DoD]. Joint training is part of the US Army’s plans, the department also says.

Ukraine uses AK74-based MALYUK assault rifle against Russian troops
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The US says training has never been a priority over supplying Kyiv with weapons systems. Although the focus is currently on the delivery of the weapons, the training is part of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

The maneuvers will be conducted by the US Army Europe and Africa Command’s 7th Army Training Command. It is assumed that 500 Ukrainian soldiers will take part in them to be trained in better military tactics and strategies during battles against the Russian armed forces. The training will last about 30 days, the US military said.

According to US Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder, the training of Ukrainian soldiers will start at the lowest level. I.e. first the soldiers will be trained in classrooms, then the training will move to real combat training on the military training grounds.

In parallel with the announced training between Americans and Ukrainians, Germany got involved by announcing a new package of arms supplies to the Ukrainian armed forces. Germany sent additional ammunition, including additional InfraRed Imaging System Tail [IRIS-T] missiles, 30,000 rounds of 40 mm ammunition, and 5,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition. Kyiv will also receive four ambulances and two Bergepanzer vehicles from Berlin.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the US is currently pressuring Germany to supply Leopard tanks to the Ukrainian army. German Chancellor Mr. Olaf Scholz, however, dashed the hopes of the Americans by declaring that Germany would not be the country that unilaterally provided such equipment to Ukraine. In doing so, Mr. Scholz is hinting that he expects the US and other allies to also engage with similar actions and not count on Germany to be the country to incur Russia’s wrath.

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