Ukrainian military training begins in Great Britain

6 July, 2022 Wednesday

Training will be held in Great Britain for Ukrainian military personnel, 10,000 of whom have already arrived in the country.

The British Parliament shared the official statement.

"In response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, the UK Government is providing £2.3 billion of military aid to Ukraine. Included in this is a commitment to spearhead an innovative programme which aims to train up to 10,000 new Ukrainian recruits in the UK," Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said.

Recently, the first rotation of Ukrainian defenders arrived in Great Britain. Units of the 11th Security Forces Assistance Brigade will train them in different regions of the country.

"These Ukrainian soldiers will undertake courses based on the UK’s basic soldier training. This includes weapons training, battlefield first aid, fieldcraft, patrol tactics and training on the Law of Armed Conflict. Each course will last several weeks. I have informed Honourable Members whose constituencies include the bases being used for this training programme about local arrangements," the minister noted.

According to Ben Wallace, Great Britain plans to increase the scale and frequency of these exercises in accordance with Ukraine's requirements. The country is also discussing with international partners options for expanding participation in this program, working with states that are ready to provide trainers or equipment. The minister noted that the development of courses is planned. It will keep Parliament informed of the results of the initial courses and any plans to expand the scale or scope of the programme.

"This activity is a priority for the Ministry of Defence as part of the UK’s unwavering efforts to bolster the capability of the Ukrainian armed forces and demonstrates continued UK leadership in responding to Russia’s war of aggression. I can reassure the House that the Ministry of Defence has received strong support from across Government for the non-military provisions required to support such a significant training programme," Wallace emphasized.

He noted that some details of the exercises will remain confidential for security reasons.


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