- The UK has begun coaching Ukrainian troopers on dwelling soil, stated Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
- The Ukrainian troops are being taught to make use of Britain’s 120 armored autos donated to Ukraine.
- NATO member states lately pledged to offer Ukraine refined weapons techniques and artillery.
Ukrainian troopers are being skilled within the UK, the place they are going to be taught to make use of armored autos donated by the British authorities, stated UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“I can say that we are currently training Ukrainians in Poland in the use of anti-aircraft defence, and actually in the UK in the use of armored vehicles,” Johnson revealed whereas on his journey to India, The Guardian reported Thursday.
According to the outlet, the UK has pledged to ship 120 armored patrol autos to Ukraine, 80 of that are mobility autos such because the Mastiff and the Wolfhound. These autos serve “combat, combat support, and combat service roles,” the outlet reported, citing the British military.
The different 40 embody ambulances, armored command autos, and fight reconnaissance autos, The Guardian reported.
A spokesperson for Johnson advised Reuters that the coaching of Ukrainian troops on UK soil was a part of a transfer to offer new varieties of superior navy gear to Ukraine that its troopers had by no means used earlier than.
“It is only sensible that they get requisite training to make best use of it,” the spokesperson stated, per Reuters.
Meanwhile, the US has additionally stated it will give Ukraine dozens of howitzers — a type of long-range artillery — and anti-tank “Switchblade” drones designed to crash right into a goal and explode.
In a Monday press briefing, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby stated that the US will practice Ukrainian troopers on use the howitzers.
“They understand how to use artillery, and it won’t — we don’t believe will take very long or require much detailed training to get them up to speed on American howitzers,” Kirby stated, including that the coaching would happen exterior Ukraine.
The new guarantees of navy help have signaled elevated Western involvement within the battle. NATO member states have lately provided tanks, superior air protection missiles, heavy artillery, and coastal protection techniques to Kyiv.
“We are always conscious of anything perceived to be escalatory but clearly what is escalatory is the actions of Putin’s regime,” Johnson’s spokesperson advised Reuters.