The Pentagon is considering a significant expansion of military training for Ukrainian forces.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday that the Pentagon, alongside Western allies and partner nations, is constantly exploring ways to assist Ukraine through security assistance efforts, including training.

Senior Pentagon officials are considering a major increase in Ukrainian military training, which would significantly boost its capacity to expel Russian troops from occupied areas while deepening US involvement in the conflict.

Senior US defense officials have discussed the plan for weeks, according to sources familiar with the discussions, which would build on the billions of dollars in weapons and other assistance Washington has provided Ukraine by teaching its military how to confront the beleaguered Russian army.