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June 20, 2022

UK offers to launch training programme for Ukrainian forces

The programme proposes to provide training to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed to initiate and spearhead a training programme for the Ukrainian armed forces.

Boris Johnson discussed the plan with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his visit to Kyiv recently.

The programme offers to prepare the Ukrainian soldiers to deal with challenging circumstances. It seeks to provide training to as many as 10,000 soldiers every 120 days.

Johnson said: “My visit today, in the depths of this war, is to send a clear and simple message to the Ukrainian people: the UK is with you, and we will be with you until you ultimately prevail.

“Two months on from my last visit, the Ukrainian grit, determination, and resilience is stronger than ever, and I know that unbreakable resolve will long outlive the vain ambitions of President Putin.”

The training also proposes to help the armed forces expedite deployment and enhance resistance to stop Russian forces from entering their territories.

Under the programme, soldiers will undergo a three-week training course. During this period, they will be taught skills required for the front line such as medical training, and cyber-security, along with counter explosive tactics.

Once Ukraine accepts the offer, more partners are likely to be invited to host the training programme.

Apart from the training offer, the two leaders also discussed other issues, including finding a way to end the blockade of grains.

The UK had supported Ukraine in the form of Operation Orbital, under which it trained over 22,000 personnel for seven years from 2015.

The UK recently acquired and repaired more than 20 M109 155mm self-propelled howitzers to send them to Ukraine to counter Russian aggression.

In its move to support Kyiv, the UK has so far committed nearly £1.3bn in economic and humanitarian aid.

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