“Keep them out of Ukraine, but in Europe, allows that to happen faster. That’s where the focus is at the moment,” the US defense spokesman said.
The Department of Defense spokesperson for The US, John Kirby, has announced this Thursday that Washington is currently concentrating on training Ukrainian troops in Europe. His statements were in response to a question asked at a press conference about whether the US was willing to train Ukrainian soldiers on its own territory.
“Everything training at the moment is taking place outside Ukraine, inside Europe. We believe, frankly, that it is the best option because you can take a small number of fighters out of combat and train them,” the spokesman explained.
“Have them outside Ukraine, but in Europe, allow that to happen faster. That’s where the focus is right now.”
Last week, Kirby announced that the US is willing to consider increasing the number of instructors to train US Armed Forces soldiers. Ukraine. In his words, “not only is the Florida National Guard involved in assisting in this case,” but Canada is also training Ukrainian soldiers .
Previously, Brigadier General Joseph E. Hilbert, chief of the US Army’s Seventh Training Command in Europe, reported that between 2015 and January 2022 USA. trained more than 23,000 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and invested 126 million dollars in this effort.
At the end of April, Kirby revealed that Ukrainian military personnel had begun receiving US training in Europe, specifically in Germany, in the midst of the conflict with Russia. According to the spokesman, these trainings are part of the coordinated program between the US Army Europe-Africa Command together with Berlin, and in them the Ukrainian troops are learning to operate artillery, radar systems and armored vehicles.