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Armed Forces Training Update

Ministry of Defence written statement – made on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

The UK military training mission in Ukraine, Operation Orbital has been extended by a further three years to March 2023. UK Armed Forces personnel deployed on Operation Orbital have trained over 17,500 members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine since 2015. It is much appreciated by the Ukrainians and has helped to save lives. The training is focussed on building the resilience and capacity of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. It includes the identification of mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), infantry skills, medical care and logistics. In 2018, the training was expanded to include anti-armour, counter-sniping and mortar planning. In early 2019, Operation Orbital was expanded to include training and support to the Ukrainian Navy. We intend to develop it further over the next three years with more focus on maritime support and at the institutional and operational level.

This extension of Operation Orbital will mean we can train thousands more personnel in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and continue to make a real difference in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.