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Defense Secretary Ben Wallace visited the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of a UK-wide training programme

The program is part of the UK’s ongoing commitment to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s unprovoked invasion, which so far amounts to more than £2.3 billion in military aid and includes more than 5,000 NLAW anti-tank weapons and M270 multiple rocket systems.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, who visited the exercise this week, said:

This ambitious new training program is the next phase of the UK’s support to Ukraine’s armed forces in the fight against Russian aggression.

Using the world-class expertise of the British military, we will help Ukraine rebuild its strength and build resistance as they defend their country’s sovereignty and right to choose their own future.

Around 1,050 UK service personnel are being deployed to deliver the programme, which will take place at MoD sites in the North West, South West and South East of the UK. Each course will last several weeks and will be conducted by elements of the 11 Security Force Support Brigade.

The course will provide volunteer recruits with skills lacking military experience that can be effective in front-line combat. Based on the basic training of UK soldiers, the course covers weapons handling, battlefield first aid, field techniques, patrol tactics and the law of armed conflict.

The government quickly acquired AK-version assault rifles for the training program, meaning Ukrainian soldiers can train with the weapons they will use on the front lines. This effort was supported by the Welsh Guards, who tested more than 2,400 such rifles over 17 days to ensure they were ready for the Ukrainians to begin their training.

The UK has also donated clothing and equipment to support Ukrainian soldiers in their training and return to Ukraine. Each serviceman will be provided with:

  • Personal protective equipment including helmets, body armor, eye protection, ear protection, hip protection and personal first aid kits
  • Field uniforms and boots
  • Clothing for cold and wet weather
  • Bergens, daypacks and webbing
  • Additional equipment needed for field conditions, including ponchos, sleeping bags and belaying tools

The UK has a long history of supporting Ukrainian service personnel through Operation ORBITAL, which trained 22,000 Ukrainians between 2015 and 2022. The new program will build on this success and demonstrate the UK’s continued leadership in responding to Ukraine’s military requirements as the war develops.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace visited the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of a UK-wide training programme

SourceDefense Secretary Ben Wallace visited the Armed Forces of Ukraine as part of a UK-wide training programme

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