The first servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have arrived in Germany to learn how to operate Marder infantry fighting vehicles, Deutsche Welle reports.
A group of Ukrainian soldiers landed in Cologne on Thursday, 26 January, and their training is expected to begin shortly.
Earlier, the German government announced plans to provide Kyiv with about 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles. The aid package includes crew training, which will take approximately eight weeks.
In Germany, the Ukrainian military is also going to be trained to use American Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, which the United States will give to Ukraine to protect it from Russian military invasion.
Moreover, training of Ukrainian crews to work with German Leopard 2 main battle tanks is to begin soon.
On 5 January, Germany provided Ukraine with a new military aid package. It includes, among other things, pickup trucks, missile systems, infantry vehicles, and drone detection systems.