Video footage shared on the Ukrainian Telegram channel Karymat and later re-uploaded to Twitter offers a brief look into the training that Ukrainian soldiers are receiving.
In the clip, soldiers are seen inside the Stryker, an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle.
Soldiers can also be seen firing guns and using technological equipment inside the vehicle.
Additional footage shared by the channel shows Ukrainian soldiers undergoing training on American Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles. In the clip, recorded from a cell phone, one soldier can be seen dancing on top of the vehicle.
Another video shows a Ukrainian soldier learning how to use American portable anti-aircraft systems.
In the clip, the soldier can be seen wearing the weapon over his shoulder while wearing a backpack and a virtual reality headset.
The view from the headset can be seen on a series of monitors on a desk in the corner, with other Ukrainian soldiers watching as he learns to operate the weapon virtually.
“In such conditions, the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are trained and trained in the operation of portable anti-aircraft missile systems,” the original Telegram post reads.
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— Feher_Junior (@Feher_Junior) March 12, 2023
The footage comes after the Pentagon confirmed in January that Ukrainian troops would be trained on U.S. soil to use the Patriot air defense battery promised to Ukraine.
Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder confirmed at the time that training would begin at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and as many as 100 Ukrainian soldiers would be flown to the United States.
Training not only includes using the Patriot system and other weapons and vehicles sent to Ukraine but also involves classroom work and simulations.
“The training will be tailored to provide relevant tactics, techniques and procedures based on the battlefield conditions in Ukraine to enable them to employ that to maximum effect once they are back in Ukraine,” Ryder told the press.
The training is essential if Ukrainian forces are to successfully use U.S.-supplied advanced weapons and air defense systems.
In January, a $2.5 billion military aid package promised Ukraine 100 Stryker armored vehicles as part of an effort to ensure that Ukrainian forces can effectively repel Russian ground forces.
The package also gave Ukraine more than 50 Bradley armored vehicles.
While the package was welcomed by Kyiv, it did not contain the advanced tanks that President Zelenskyy was requesting at the time.
The same month, however, the British government promised to send Ukraine advanced battle tanks.
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March 15, 2023 at 10:55 pm
It’s these types of lightly armored vehicles that Ukraine will use to defeat the Russians. Armor sufficient to defeat bomb fragments, small arms up to .50cal/12.7mm, and mine resistance is all they need. Armed with TOW ATGM’s they will be able to blast through Russian lines, and rampage through the Russian rear with their speed, and powerful TOW missiles.
The fact is Russia has a 3 to 1 advantage in heavy dumb weapons, Tanks, Armor Fighting Vehicles, and Artillery, and it hasn’t helped them despite firing 10 million rounds. Ukraine would be wise to recognize why the Russian’s have been losing with this strategic weapons mix. By their own numbers Ukraine has destroyed or captured 10k armored vehicles, they didn’t accomplish this with dumb tank guns or artillery.
The logistical situation is clear. The West can supply Ukraine with TOW missiles for a very long time. But is running out of dumb artillery rounds, and man portable smart weapons. And fielding dumb Tanks and Armor will be a logistical nightmare which adds little combat power at a horrific logistical cost.
Ukraine should throw away its ideas of a proper weapons mix it inherited from the Soviet Union, and stop asking for heavy armor and dumb artillery as these don’t work any better for the Ukrainians than they do for the Russians.