Ukraine package

The UK Government has delivered the latest package of vital equipment support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces fighting Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country.

Requested by the Ukrainian Government, the package included 1,000 individual first aid kits, 54 helmet-mounted monocular night vision goggles (MNVGs), as well as 2,000 Mk6 helmets.

Designed to improve the situational awareness and resilience of the Ukrainian soldiers, the equipment was delivered by a Royal Air Force C-130 aircraft, and forms a significant part of the extensive package of support announced by the UK Government in March this year.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "The Raf has now delivered more than 3,000 combat helmets, goggles and first aid kits to Ukrainian troops, and we have already trained 850 personnel.

"We will step up our training over the summer and we will be providing further equipment, although not of the lethal variety.

"We stand firm with Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, and we continue to assist its defence of its sovereignty, independence and territory."

In the coming days, the UK is set to supply 200 global positioning (GPS) units, 220 hardened laptops, as well as an additional 100 MNVGs to contribute to the ability of Ukrainian troops to defend themselves and civilians, and reduce casualties from the ongoing conflict.

"We stand firm with Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, and we continue to assist its defence of its sovereignty."

Valued at approximately £850,000, the package is being provided alongside other short term training activities being delivered by UK military personnel to the Ukrainians in-country.

Having deployed to Ukraine in March, the UK trainers have since trained more than 850 Ukrainian soldiers.

During the NATO defence minsters’ meeting last month, Fallon announced plans to step up the existing training programme.

Under the new plan, approximately 250 personnel will be trained in August alone. Additional infantry, medical, and survival skills willfurther add to their resilience and reducing casualties.

Image: UK military personnel unload the cargo of equipment supplied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces on arrival in Ukraine. Photo: Crown copyright.