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UK aims to offer military training inside Ukraine, minister says

/ 01:07 PM October 01, 2023

UK aims to offer military training inside Ukraine

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomes British Defence Secretary Grant Shapps before a meeting, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, in this handout picture released September 28, 2023. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON — Britain’s government wants to deploy military instructors to Ukraine, in addition to training Ukrainian armed forces in Britain or other Western countries as at present, British defense minister Grant Shapps said in a newspaper interview.

To date, Britain and its allies have avoided a formal military presence in Ukraine to reduce the risk of a direct conflict with Russia.


Britain has provided five-week military training courses to around 20,000 Ukrainians over the past year, and intends to train a similar number going forward.


In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Shapps said there was scope to offer military training within Ukraine after a discussion on Friday with British military chiefs.

“I was talking today about eventually getting the training brought closer and actually into Ukraine as well,” he was quoted as saying. “Particularly in the west of the country, I think the opportunity now is to bring more things ‘in country’,” he added.

Shapps added that he hoped British defense companies such as BAE Systems would proceed with plans to set up arms factories in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday he wants to turn his country’s defense industry into a “large military hub” by partnering with Western weapons manufacturers to increase arms supplies for Kyiv’s counteroffensive against Russia.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made Shapps defense minister on Sept. 1, after the resignation of his predecessor Ben Wallace.


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