New Ukrainian Solider Training Begins in Germany
A new U.S.-led training mission for Ukrainian soldiers is underway in Germany.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said the goal is to get a battalion of about 500 troops back in the battlefield to fight Russia in the next five to eight weeks.
While meeting with commanders at the Grafenwoehr Training Area Monday, Milley said “this is not a run of the mill rotation.”
Reporters were given access to portions of the training and were allowed to follow Milley as he met with commanders and troops, according to the Associated Press. They were not allowed to report on any specific conversations.
Ukrainian troops will learn how to better move and coordinate their units using combines artillery, armor and ground forces during this arms training.
“The urgency was clear,” Milley’s spokesman Army Col. Dave Butler said. “These soldiers are going off to defend their country in combat.”
The hope is that the this training will get Ukrainians better prepared to launch an offensive or counter any increase in Russian attacks.
“This support is really important for Ukraine to be able to defend itself,” Milley said before heading to the training. “And we’re hoping to be able to pull this together here in short order.”
U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer also stopped by the training on their way to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv this week.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently spoke with Zelensky to assure him that Germany “stands firmly” with Ukraine.
According to a readout of the German Presidential Office on Tuesday, Steinmeier said the two countries “have never been as close and as important as they are now in the face of the Russian war of aggression.”
“We support Ukraine politically, humanitarianly, financially, militarily — with what we can and what is necessary, in coordination with our allies,” Steinmeier said.