UK further expands training programme for Ukrainian soldiers

11 August 2015 (Last Updated August 11th, 2015 18:30)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to further enhance its training programme for the Ukrainian Armed Forces fighting pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country.

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to further enhance its training programme for the Ukrainian Armed Forces fighting pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country.

The newest additions to the UK training programme include ground threat awareness to identify mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), defensive operations in an urban environment, as well as operational planning, and engineering expertise.

Since March, UK troops have successfully provided infantry, logistics, and tactical intelligence training to around 1,000 Ukrainian military personnel, with an aim to increase their capacity, resilience, and also reduce casualties.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "Our training programme for the Ukrainian Armed Forces continues to be well-received and highly valued by troops and commanders in the east of the country.

"Since March, 13 UK training teams have deployed across eight locations and we expect to have trained around 2,000 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the end of the year.

"By adding further much-needed skills and stepping up the pace of our programme we can provide more and better training."

"By adding further much-needed skills and stepping up the pace of our programme we can provide more and better training, improving the resilience of Ukrainian forces and further reducing casualties resulting from the on-going conflict."

As per the plans announced during the Nato defence ministers meeting in June, the British soldiers will train approximately 250 Ukrainian personnel in additional infantry, medical, and survival skills this month.

Since the start of the Ukraine conflict in early 2014, the UK has provided support on crisis management, anti-corruption, defence reform and strategic communications, and is also set to deliver procurement training in the near future.

In addition, the country has supplied personal protective equipment, winter fuel, medical kits, winter clothing, and sleeping bags, worth more than £1.2m.


Image: UK military personnel during medical training. Photo: Library Picture / Crown copyright.