Britain Extends Training of Ukrainian Armed Forces
The UK training programme for the Ukrainian Armed Forces will be extended for another year.
The Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, has announced that the training programme for the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) will be extended for another year. This is to ensure more members of the UAF benefit from UK Armed Forces’ training.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:
Britain is stepping up in Europe and around the world. Extending British training of Ukrainian Armed Forces sends a clear message that we support Ukraine and remain firmly committed to its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, in the face of a more belligerent Russia. This extension will ensure thousands more Ukrainian troops get first rate training from the best armed forces in the world.
Training teams from across the British Army have been deployed to Ukraine since 2015, with 1 Mercian currently providing the majority of this activity until the end of this year.
The UK coordinates the training it provides to the UAF with four other nations as part of the QUINT. This is made up of the UK, USA, Canada, Lithuania and Poland.
The UK also provides a senior adviser to Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence and donoted over £1 million worth of non-lethal equipment to Ukraine, including first aid kits and cold weather clothing to strengthen their defensive capability and increase their resilience.
Photo: C Squadron from the Queen’s Royal Hussars conduct Junior NCO Cadre by Dominic King (Crown Copyright).