Ukraine forces to receive Patriot air defense training in U.S.: Pentagon
Updated 10:10, 11-Jan-2023

The United States will train Ukrainian personnel at a base in the state of Oklahoma on how to use and maintain the advanced Patriot air defense system that Washington is providing to Kyiv, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday.

"Training for Ukrainian forces on the Patriot air defense system will begin as soon as next week at Fort Sill, Oklahoma," Pentagon Press Secretary Brigadier General Pat Ryder told journalists.

"The training will prepare approximately 90 to 100 Ukrainian soldiers to operate, maintain and sustain the defensive system over a training course expected to last several months," Ryder said.

Russia's Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov later called the U.S. decision "another confirmation of Washington's de facto participation in the Ukrainian conflict."

Antonov said the real aim of the U.S. administration was to "inflict as much damage as possible on Russia on the battlefield by the hands of the Ukrainians."

(With input from Reuters)

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