So far, international law experts have been pretty much in agreement: transporting arms to Ukraine would not mean war party status for the supplying nations, but the situation would be different when it comes to training Ukrainian soldiers – and it would be extremely explosive.
But now the Chief of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark A. Milley (64), openly said that the US Army is training Ukrainian soldiers. Kyiv quotes the 4-star general as saying: “The United States has trained 422 Ukrainians on the M777 howitzers under delivery, 300 Ukrainians on M109 self-propelled howitzers, 119 Ukrainians on M113 armored personnel carriers, 100 on drone piloting and 60 Ukrainians Soldiers on HIMAR multiple rocket launchers.” In total, the US military trained 1,009 men from the Ukrainian armed forces.
The well-known 4-star general also said at the current briefing at NATO headquarters in Brussels that the US Army was already transferring the first HIMAR multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine “at the end of June”: “These are then equipped with ammunition and trained crews ready to defend Ukraine.”
A reaction from the Kremlin is likely to follow this clear statement – how severe this could be will certainly be seen in the next few days.
In addition to this now openly communicated strategy of training Ukrainian troops by US military personnel, US President Joe Biden promised Kyiv another huge aid package: In a telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy yesterday, Wednesday, Biden announced another support package worth one billion US dollars, US media reports.
This billion should be used especially for the purchase of weapon systems for the coastal defense of Ukraine.
Washington recently approved an aid package totaling 38 billion euros for Ukraine.
In a few days, there will be another meeting between the US military and the Ukrainian armed forces leadership in Brussels to coordinate further steps even more precisely.