Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has expressed the United Kingdom’s military commitment to Ukraine.

Speaking in Kiev, Fallon said that the UK is beginning to deliver training to Ukraine’s Air Force as well as its Army and Navy.

According to a press release:

“Meeting with Defence Minister of Ukraine, General of the Army Stepan Poltorak, the Defence Secretary confirmed that the UK’s short-term training teams (STTTs) will have trained 5,000 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the end of March – 1,000 more than initially planned – and will now continue in their training role for another year.

Furthermore, Britain will continue its commitment to support defence reform in Ukraine via the UK defence section. As part of his visit the Defence Secretary will meet the UK Special Defence Advisor in Kyiv and Ukraine’s Defence Reform Office who are working hand-in-hand to continue reforms and support further anti-corruption efforts.”

Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon said:

“The values of freedom and democracy cannot be traded. Britain is stepping up on the global stage and standing firm with our Ukrainian friends.

The UK is sending a clear message that we are committed to defending democracy across the world and support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”

The Defence Secretary also spoke with staff of the Antonov National Company, the Ukrainian aircraft company.

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