Ukrainian troops will arrive in Britain soon for training with the British military, the UK Government has confirmed.
Minister James Heappey said the UK would step up its support for Ukraine’s military, he told LBC Radio today:
“There’s 120 armoured vehicles that are in the process of being made ready. The Ukrainian troops that will operate them will arrive in the UK in the next few days to learn how to drive and command those vehicles.”
Host Nick Ferrari asked:
“That’s tremendous, so we’re going to be training Ukrainian blokes and women on our kit here in the UK?”
Heappey responded: “Yes.”
Mr Heappey also said in an interview with the BBC:
“There are more shoulder-launched anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles that we are sending as well as loitering precision munitions, and as you heard the Prime Minister say at the weekend, we’re also sending an anti-ship capability as well.”
Britain has been training Ukrainian troops for some time already, since 2015. Operation Orbital is the code-name for a British military operation to train and support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It was launched in response to the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea.
What has the UK done for Ukraine?
The following is an open-source list of aid measures.
- Trained 22,000 Ukrainian troops since 2015 as part of Operation Orbital.
- Sale of two Sandown-class minehunters.
- £1.7bn agreement to support the acquisition of eight missile craft and one frigate.
- Delivered “thousands” of NLAW and Javelin anti-armour weapons. Stated to be over 4,000 as of 16 March 2022.
- £25 million in financial backing for the Ukrainian military.
- Unspecified further military aid, on 28 February 2022.
- Unspecified number of Javelin anti-tank missiles, on 10 March 2022.
- The UK announced a further 6,000 defensive missiles will be sent to Ukraine, on 24 March 2022.
- Starstreak man-portable air-defence systems.
- UK announced the supply of an unspecified amount of “armoured vehicles and long-range artillery” to Ukraine, on 31 March 2022, on 9 April a figure of 120 armoured vehicles was given along with an unspecified number of anti-ship missiles.
- British Army donates 84,000 helmets to Ukraine.
- UK announced an additional £100 million in military aid, on 8 April. This includes further Starstreak missiles, 800 NLAW, Javelin anti-tank missiles & precision loitering munitions. Further Military helmets, night-vision equipment and body armour will be provided on top of 200,000 pieces of non-lethal military equipment supplied so far.
- Deployment of RC-135W Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft to provide information on size and position of Russian forces.
- ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance) support, both standalone and in partnership with the United States.
- 23 February pledged £3.5bn in UK export financing, underwrote $500m in MLDB borrowing and provided a £100m loan via the World Bank for economic development.
- 23 March UK donated $100m directly to the Ukrainian government budget to mitigate financial pressures created by Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion.
- 9 April UK increased its World Bank loan guarantees to £730m ($1bn).
- £100 million of humanitarian aid announced on 23 February 2022.
- £40 million additional humanitarian aid announced on 27 February 2022.
- Additional £80 million in aid to help Ukraine deal with humanitarian crisis on 1 March 2022.
- £4 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine on 28 February 2022.
- £4 million combined package of financial and humanitarian aid, announced on 1 March 2022.
- UK announced “supplies of rations, medical equipment and other non-lethal military aid will also be increased” on 10 March 2022.
- On 14 March 2022, the UK government announced plans to provide vital energy support to Ukraine through the Ukraine Electricity Network Support Taskforce. The UK donated more than 500 mobile generators.
- £2 million in vital food supplies for areas of Ukraine encircled by Russian forces.
- UK announced the donation of a “fleet of ambulances” to Ukraine, on 6 April 2022.
- UK announced the amount it had donated through multilateral donor conferences for humanitarian aid totaled £394m so far on 9 April.