Two Ukrainian pilots are in Arizona for the first time ever to train with the US military and fly military simulators, according to a US defense official on Saturday.
Washington has been mute on whether it will deploy fighter jets or advanced remotely controlled drones to Kyiv.
While the US and its allies have flooded Ukraine with weapons ranging from Javelin missiles to HIMARS rocket launchers, Western countries have not promised to give Ukraine advanced jets or the largest armed drones.
“This event allows us to better help Ukrainian pilots become more effective pilots and better advise them on how to develop their own capabilities,” the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The “familiarization event” in Arizona will promote communication between Ukrainian and US soldiers and provide participants a chance to see how the US Air Force functions, according to a defense official.