Ukrainian military undergo training in UK’s forests as part of Op Interflex
At the start of 2023, the UK committed to train a further 20,000 Ukrainian recruits to help Ukraine fight Russia's invasion
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has shared the latest pictures taken during military training in the wooded areas of Great Britain.
While Ukrainian forces keep countering the occupying Russian army in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian recruits, who had little to no previous military experience, are undergoing basic training to be able to navigate in a wooded area during battles.
“The skirmish in the forest is one of the most difficult types of combat. You will not see the enemy in the forest. There, among the grass, branches and withered leaves, the mine is more difficult to notice. It is more difficult to conduct reconnaissance with a drone in the forest. However, it is easier to hide positions,” the General Staff writes in a social media post.
The dense forests of Great Britain help in this. At the military exercises, Ukrainian recruits safely undergo training as part of the UK-led multinational training program dubbed Operation Interflex.
At the start of 2023, the UK committed to train a further 20,000 Ukrainian recruits – approximately double the amount trained last year – under one of the largest training programs of its kind in the world.
The UK’s training for the Armed Forces of Ukraine is supported by Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.
Earlier this month, nearly 1,000 Ukrainian marines have received commando raiding training in the UK.