UK Ministry of Defence announces extension of training mission to Ukraine

UK Ministry of Defence announces extension of training mission to Ukraine

The UK Ministry of Defence has extended Operation Orbital, the UK’s training mission to Ukraine, by three years to March 2023, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has stated.

“My recent visit to the Donbas region made clear not only the costs inflicted by Russian-backed separatists, but also the resolve the Ukrainian Armed Forces have demonstrated in defending their territorial integrity. That is why we are extending our training mission to Ukraine for another three years – so we may train thousands more Ukrainian personnel and continue to make a difference,” Ben Wallace said in a statement.

The Defence Secretary also underlined the UK’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in meetings with his newly appointed counterpart Andriy Zahorodniuk.

Operation Orbital was established following the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, in a demonstration of our unwavering support to Ukraine. UK personnel have now trained over 17,500 members of the Ukrainian armed forces since the start of Operation Orbital in 2015.


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