British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a visit to Kyiv, offered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a training program for Ukrainian military personnel, the office of the head of the British government said on Friday, June 17.
“The UK can lead a landmark program that will fundamentally change the balance of power in the fight, giving the Armed Forces of Ukraine (UAF) the resilience they need to win. The Prime Minister proposed launching a massive training program for the Ukrainian forces, with the ability to train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days,” the statement reads. message.
During the previous operation Orbital, the UK has trained over 22,000 Ukrainian troops since 2015. As part of the new program, military personnel will be trained outside the country.
“My visit today is in the midst of [спецоперации] aims to send a clear and simple message to the Ukrainian people: The UK is with you and we will be with you until you are ultimately victorious. When Ukrainian soldiers fire British rockets in defense of the sovereignty of the country, they are also doing so in defense of the very freedoms that we consider fundamental,” Johnson said.
According to the British prime minister, he proposed to Zelensky a new military training program in order to “engage the most powerful of forces – the Ukrainian determination to win.”
“Each soldier will spend three weeks in a training course learning front-line combat skills, as well as basic medical training, basic cybersecurity and anti-bomb tactics,” he added.
Johnson’s previous visit to Kyiv took place on April 9. The meeting at which he discussed issues of defense assistance in Zelensky was held tete-a-tete.
Since 2016, foreign employees have been helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine to conduct combat operations on the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. On May 24, the Lithuanian administration announced its intention to help Ukraine with trainings for Ukrainian military and instructors, as well as to treat and accept soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for rehabilitation.
On May 11, Germany and the Netherlands launched a program to train Ukrainian servicemen to operate PzH 2000 howitzers.
On May 9, the Pentagon admitted the possibility of increasing the number of instructors for training soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It also became known that the United States began training Ukrainian servicemen to maintain American howitzers supplied to Kyiv.
On April 22, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, noted that the secret services of NATO countries, under the guise of instructors from the United States, Great Britain and other states, are participating in the management of hostilities in Ukraine.
In the Donbass, a special operation of the Russian Federation is underway to protect civilians, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The Kremlin explained that its tasks include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.
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