The Pentagon said training for Ukrainian forces on the Patriot missile system will begin later this month.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Laura Cooper told reporters that the training would take “several months.”
Mixing the two
The Pentagon announced Thursday that Washington is considering sending Ukrainians to the United States to be trained on Patriot systems, in addition to considering training abroad or a combination of the two.
On Friday, Washington announced a US military aid package worth more than $3.75 billion for Ukraine and countries affected by the Russian military operation.
The new assistance includes providing Ukraine with Bradley combat vehicles, artillery systems, armored personnel carriers, anti-aircraft missile systems, ammunition and other items to support Kyiv. The volume of assistance will amount to 2.85 billion dollars.
In turn, the US Department of Defense revealed that the delivery of Bradley combat vehicles to Ukraine will take several months.
And she pointed out in a statement on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not given up on his goals in Ukraine, citing that Ukraine has witnessed clashes today despite Moscow’s announcement of a ceasefire.
The amount of help is impressive
It is noteworthy that, given these figures, the cost of US assistance to the Ukrainian military effort reaches billions of dollars.
A few months ago, the US Treasury Department announced that US assistance would support the government’s core operations, help ease the suffering of the Ukrainian people, and bolster Ukrainian resistance.
Notably, Western aid has poured into Kyiv since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine in February last year, but its intensity increased significantly after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian regions to his country in October last year.