Ukraine: Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th November 2018.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many deployments of British personnel from the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Marines, (c) Army and (d) Royal Air Force have there been to Ukraine in each year since January 2015.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The number of UK Defence personnel deployed on Operation ORBITAL for each financial year is as follows:

Financial Year

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Number of deployments

712

610

317

279*

*number of deployments to date in 18-19

These figures include individuals deploying on multiple occasions. The majority of UK Defence personnel that deploy on Operation ORBITAL are Army personnel. Figures broken down by the single Services are not representative of the total number of Operation ORBITAL deployments because each individual deployed is recorded only once per financial year, however they may have been deployed multiple times during that period. At any one time, Operation ORBITAL headquarters has consisted of 12-14 personnel throughout this period.

Alongside our operational training assistance, the UK also deploys UK personnel from the British Military Advisory Training Team to Ukraine, as well as defence reform advisors on an ad hoc basis. BMATT personnel deployed to Ukraine for each financial year is as follows:

Financial Year

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Deployed Personnel

5

10

0

30

These figures, broken down by single Service, are not currently available.

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