UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace meets Ukraine Army servicemen as training programme starts


The first cohort of Ukrainian soldiers taking part in a major new UK-led military programme, which will train up to 10,000 Ukrainians over the coming months, have arrived in the UK.

Before the start of the programme, Defense Minister Ben Wallace met with the Ukrainian servicemen set to undergo it, according to the UK Defense Ministry press service, Ukrinform reports.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “This ambitious new training programme is the next phase in the UK’s support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in their fight against Russian aggression. Using the world-class expertise of the British Army we will help Ukraine to rebuild its forces and scale-up its resistance as they defend their country’s sovereignty and their right to choose their own future.”

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Around 1,050 UK service personnel are deploying to run the programme. Each course will last several weeks.

The training will give volunteer recruits with little to no military experience the skills to be effective in frontline combat. Based on the UK’s basic soldier training, the course covers weapons handling, battlefield first aid, fieldcraft, patrol tactics and the Law of Armed Conflict.

The UK has a long history of supporting Ukrainian service personnel through Operation ORBITAL, which trained 22,000 Ukrainians between 2015 and 2022.

The latest programme is part of the UK’s enduring commitment to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s unprovoked invasion, which so far amounts to more than GBP2.3 billion in military aid and includes more than 5,000 NLAW anti-tank weapons and M270 multiple launch rocket systems.

Source: UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace meets Ukraine Army servicemen as training programme starts

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