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    Pentagon Ramps Up Ukrainian Troop Training as Bradleys Are Added to Flow of Weapons

    The Pentagon is for the first time sending Bradley Fighting Vehicles to , as well as nearly 300 other armored vehicles as part of a new aid package that will coincide with a new training program for Kyiv's forces.

    The Bradleys, as well as American-supplied Patriot surface-to-air missile systems; M113 Armored Personnel Carriers; Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, known as MRAPs; and Humvees, are part of what defense officials said is the largest Ukraine security aid package yet, worth $2.85 billion.

    Those weapons will be joined by ramped-up training for Ukrainian troops within the coming month, preparing them to take advantage of the new tools as the Russian invasion approaches its first anniversary next month.

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    “We will be able to enable the Ukrainians to take advantage of this capability, and again, not just actually to employ it on the battlefield but to maintain and sustain it,” Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for , Ukraine and Eurasia, said during a press conference at the Pentagon on Friday.

    The new combined arms and joint maneuver training is slated to begin within a couple of weeks in and will train roughly a battalion of Ukrainian troops — around 500 — each month, Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon's top spokesman, told .com during a…

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