The UK’s relationship with Ukraine has been strengthened by the signing of a new 15-year Defence agreement. It covers such areas as sharing of information on potential threats, participation in joint exercises, training of Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) personnel and cooperation in the field of military equipment, stated on the gov.uk page.
The UK will also plan to expand the reach of its training support through training the leaders. This will help Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel to learn and adopt techniques taught by UK Armed Forces.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The UK will stand firm with Ukraine as they defend their territorial integrity. This new Defence agreement sets out that commitment as we enhance our training of Ukrainian Armed Forces.”
In the past year, the UK has trained 2,000 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces being led through UK courses on countering-IEDs, operations in urban environments, medical care, logistics and operational planning. The UK has also gifted over £1 million worth of equipment to the country.
Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ukraine on the 17th of March in Kyiv. She said: “It was a great honour for me to sign the MOU on Defence cooperation with Ukraine, which provides the framework for future cooperation, reiterating our support to them.
Meeting the UK Armed Forces personnel training UAF troops also reiterates the positive contribution Britain’s military makes in the world. We continue to stand side by side with Ukraine through this difficult period.”