UK troops train 5,000 Armed Forces of Ukraine personnel
The UK military personnel have trained the Armed Forces of Ukraine as they prepare to refine Operation Orbital’s training model.
More than 5,000 Ukrainian military personnel have been trained, 1,000 more than initially targeted, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has stated.
The UK expects to increase Operation Orbital’s impact on the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ training sustainability over the coming year, by increasing its focus on mentoring and advising.
Fallon said: “We have now trained over 5,000 Ukrainian service personnel, sending a clear message that we are committed to supporting the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“As the UK is stepping up across the world, we are standing side by side with our Ukrainian friends.”
British personnel have been training Ukrainian Armed Forces as part of Operation Orbital since 2015.
The Ukrainian soldiers were trained in a range of defensive skills, such as the identification of mines and IEDs, medical care and logistics.
Last year, Fallon confirmed that the training mission will continue until at least early 2018.
Operation Orbital was launched in 2015 in response to a request from the Ukrainian government to provide guidance and training to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
It complements the wide range of support the UK provides through Defence Attaché and Special Defence Adviser, according to a statement posted on the UK Government website.
The UK Government is committed to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.