British Army to boost training programme for the Ukrainian troops

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British Army to boost training programme for the Ukrainian troops
The British Defence Secretary has announced further enhancements of the UK training programme for Ukrainian armed forces while visiting the country. The latest additions to the UK training programme will see an increase the skills being provided, to include ground threat awareness, for example identifying mines and IEDs, defensive operations in an urban environment, operational planning, and engineering expertise.

A Ukrainian soldier and a member of the British Light Dragoons practice anti-IED location and removal training on the second day of the “Rapid Trident” NATO military exercises on September 16, 2014 near Yavorov, Ukraine
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The move will build on an existing programme of medical, infantry, logistics and tactical intelligence training which has so far been successfully provided to around 1000 Ukrainian troops since March, and is designed to increase the resilience of Ukrainian forces and reduce casualties.

Around 250 personnel will be trained in August alone in additional infantry, medical, and survival skills previously announced by the Defence Secretary during the NATO defence ministers meeting in June.

"Our training programme for the Ukrainian Armed Forces continues to be well-received and highly valued by troops and commanders in the east of the country. Since March, 13 UK training teams have deployed across 8 locations and we expect to have trained around 2,000 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the end of the year," Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said.

"By adding further much-needed skills and stepping up the pace of our programme we can provide more and better training, improving the resilience of Ukrainian forces and further reducing casualties resulting from the on-going conflict," he added.

The Defence Secretary made the announcement on a visit to Ukraine, during which he met with Prime Minister Yatseniuk and Defence Minister Poltorak to discuss the situation in the east of the country and the programme of support being provided by the UK and allies.

Mr. Fallon also discussed implementation of the Minsk ceasefire agreement, and called on all sides in the conflict to respect the terms of the agreement to bring an end to hostilities in the eastern Ukraine.

Following the bilateral meetings, the Defence Secretary visited a training site west of the capital Kiev, where UK military personnel are currently training Ukrainian troops far from the fighting in the east.

The Defence Secretary met UK trainers and Ukrainian personnel to see first-hand demonstrations of the infantry and medical skills being provided through the programme.
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I wonder why the UK and others MUST involve themselves in a conflict that doesn't concern them. Were it not for the West's meddling there'd be no war in Ukraine today. And as long as they keep interfering in affairs that don't concern them, Russia won't back down. It's a proxy war for them and they can't afford to lose . . . not after their economy was hit hard by EU and U.S sanctions.
 
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I wonder the same thing as well. Everything just gets worse when other countries get involved in affairs they have no business getting into. If it was brought forth in front of the United Nations, I don't the west should ever get involved unless it's humanitarian efforts. It just seems like trouble comes from being the lone gun and jumping into things without the approval of a multinational front.
 
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I really can't see why we need to involve ourselves with this, I really don't. I get a really big impression that we're basically painting a big target on our chest, plus this is seriously damaging our relations with Russia.
 
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Well, being that the Ukraine was fired upon by Russian troops,(ie shooting the commerical airline instead)It is one of the things that they may need to partake of. Rusisan troops are likely to overtake Ukraine at any time so having a good defense may be imperative for them. Focusing on troop readiness may really be beneficial for them in many ways.
 
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