According to Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. military’s new, expanded combat training of Ukrainian forces started on Sunday in Germany. The aim is to have a battalion of about 500 soldiers back on the battlefield to battle the Russians within the next five to eight weeks.
The troops being trained, according to Milley, recently left Ukraine. Milley wants to visit the Grafenwoehr training location on Monday to observe the operation firsthand. They have access to a whole arsenal of tools and weapons in Germany.
The Pentagon had until now refrained from announcing the precise start date for the training.
The so-called combined weapons training aims to improve the capabilities of the Ukrainian troops so they will be better equipped to launch an assault or fend off any uptick in Russian strikes. Using integrated artillery, armor, and ground troops, they will learn how to maneuver better and coordinate their company- and battalion-size formations during combat.
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The complex training, along with a variety of new weapons, artillery, tanks, and other vehicles heading to Ukraine, will be essential in assisting that nation’s forces to retake territory that Russia has taken during the conflict’s nearly 11-month duration, according to Milley, who spoke to two reporters traveling with him to Europe on Sunday.
“This support is critical for Ukraine to be able to defend itself,” Milley said. “And we’re hoping to be able to pull this together here in short order.”
According to him, the intention is for all incoming arms and gear to be sent to Ukraine so that the recently trained forces can deploy it “sometime before the spring rains show up. That would be ideal.”
The new directive comes as Ukrainian forces are engaged in fierce combat in the eastern Donetsk province, where the Russian military asserts control over the little salt-mining town of Soledar. Ukraine claims that its troops are still engaged in combat, but if Moscow’s forces manage to seize Soledar, they will be able to move closer to Bakhmut, a larger city where the battle has been raging for months.
Along with Kyiv, Kharkiv in the northeast, and Dnipro in the southeast, where 30 people were killed in one apartment building, Russia also conducted extensive missile attacks.
Milley stated that he wants to ensure that the training is on track, determine whether any further training is required and that it will flow smoothly with the deliveries of the necessary equipment.
The course will consist of classroom instruction and fieldwork, starting with small squads and expanding to bigger groups. A more involved combat practice with the participation of the entire battalion and the command unit would serve as its climax.
Until this point, the U.S. priority has been to supply Ukrainian forces with their more urgent battlefield demands, particularly instruction on handling the numerous Western weapon systems that are flooding the nation.
More than 3,100 Ukrainian soldiers have already received training from the US on operating and maintaining various weapons and other equipment, such as howitzers, armored vehicles, and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS. Other countries are also providing training for their weaponry.
Air Force Brig. The Pentagon press secretary, Gen. Pat Ryder, announced the new program last month. He said the goal was to “provide them this advanced level of collective training that enables them to execute effective combined arms operations and maneuver on the battlefield.”
Before the Russian incursion in February of last year, according to Milley, the U.S. was conducting this kind of training. However, after the war started, every member of the US National Guard and special operations personnel training in Ukraine left the nation.
This new initiative, carried out by the 7th Army Training Command of the U.S. Army Europe and Africa, will build on what was done before the invasion. Other European allies are also providing the training. Follow Newswatchlist.com for more information. You can also leave your thoughts in the comment section, and don’t forget to bookmark our website.