That’s according to the Ukrainian General Staff, Ukrinform reports.
“The platoon is under the instruction of Australian soldiers from the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, deployed on Operation Kudu. The operation is the Australian Defense Force’s commitment to the training of UAF recruits in the UK,” the report reads.
The training on this exercise comprised drills, section attacks, ambushing and patrolling to help recruits support their nation’s defense against Russia’s illegal invasion.
“This training will instill the will to fight and provide the combat skills required to push through the fight, remain under the detection threshold, and potentially save their lives,” one Australian platoon commander said.
Now in their third week of training, the platoon members are facing sub-zero temperatures as they continue to learn infantry minor tactics to increase their survivability upon their return to Ukraine.
Before joining the UAF, one recruit, who cannot be named, worked as a television producer. He is now requalifying as a soldier, mastering techniques to enhance his survivability.
“I have learned a lot. How to move in a group. How to help,” said the recruit, speaking through an embedded linguist.
“This must be practiced hundreds of times so that when the battle begins, I can use this knowledge.
“If many soldiers are trained according to NATO standards, it will help us all in combat.”
“I 100 percent believe the training we are providing will increase their survivability – as we have taught them how to work as a team,” said one of the Australian junior non-commissioned officers instructing.
No Australian personnel will cross into Ukraine as a part of the operation.