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Live Updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing in Washington DC, on Friday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

More than 200 Ukrainian soldiers have completed training on M777 howitzers provided to Ukraine by the US, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said during a briefing at the Pentagon on Friday.

An additional “150 plus” Ukrainian soldiers are currently going through the Howitzer training, he added.

US military service members are training groups of Ukrainian soldiers on the pieces outside of Ukraine, Kirby has said previously. Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers have completed training on the Q-64 mobile air-defense radar system, the Pentagon official noted.

And 60 Ukrainian soldiers have completed M-113 training, and “about 50 more are currently being trained on that right now,” Kirby said. The M-113 is an army personnel carrier.

Meanwhile, Russian forces “continue to launch both missile strikes as well as fixed-man airstrikes into Ukraine,” specifically in “the Donbas region, where the fighting is really going on right now, and also down in Mariupol,” Kirby told reporters. “Even today they continue to pound Mariupol,” he added.

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