UK to continue defensive training support for Ukrainian Armed Forces
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said that British troops will continue to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces in improvised explosive devices (IEDs), as well as logistics and operational planning.
The Ukrainian military will continue to receive UK Armed Forces’ defensive training until 2018.
More than 5,000 Ukrainian personnel will have been trained by the UK advisers by March 2017, according to Fallon.
Fallon said: “Britain is stepping up in Europe and around the world. Extending British training of Ukrainian Armed Forces sends a clear message that we support Ukraine and remain firmly committed to its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, in the face of a more belligerent Russia.
“This extension will ensure thousands more Ukrainian troops to get first rate training from the best armed forces in the world.”
Under the latest commitment, the UK will also train Ukrainian soldiers in identification of mines and life-saving first aid, the UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
Training teams from across the British Army have been deployed to Ukraine since 2015, with the British Army’s infantry regiment 1 Mercian currently providing the majority of this activity until the end of this year.
The US, Canada, Lithuania and Poland are assisting the UK military in training the Ukrainian soldiers.
Ukraine also received more than £1m worth of non-lethal equipment from the UK.
More than 4,500 UK personnel are currently deployed on approximately 25 operations worldwide.