A senior US defense official told reporters Tuesday that 89 of the 90 howitzers the US agreed to give to Ukraine have been transferred to Ukrainian possession.
"Almost 370 Ukrainian soldiers" have completed training on those M777 howitzer artillery systems in locations outside of Ukraine conducted by the US and other NATO allied countries, and 29 Ukrainian soldiers "are completing, wrapping up their maintenance course," on the howitzer systems, the official added.
"It’s a two-week course, so about 29 have finished it; there’s another 17 going through it right now," the official said.
The official said 120,000 rounds of ammunition out of the United States' commitment of 184,000 rounds of ammunition have been transferred to Ukraine from the US. One of the 11 Mi-17 helicopters the US plans to give to Ukraine "is going in" to Ukraine today, the official said.
In other ongoing trainings, 60 Ukrainian soldiers "have completed training on the M1-13, the armored personnel carrier," the official said. Training on the US Phoenix Ghost, an unmanned aerial system, is also ongoing.
"There is training for a small number ongoing outside of Ukraine on the Phoenix Ghost, there have been others ahead of them that have already returned to Ukraine. So that’s ongoing," the official added.