Printed on Fri Aug 12 2022 6:41:58 AM

'Ukrainian Soldiers are being trained in UK'

International desk
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed that Ukrainian troops are in the UK being trained on how to use the armoured vehicles Britain is providing to repulse Russian forces.

“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 armoured vehicles,” he told journalists travelling with him on his visit to India.

Johnson's press secretary said “a couple of dozen” Ukrainian soldiers were currently in the UK for training.

The Ukrainian troops started training with vehicles donated by Britain this month, a spokesman for Johnson said.

Britain is providing Ukraine with 120 armoured patrol vehicles, including the Mastiff, which can be used as an observation or patrol vehicle. The soldiers will also be shown how to use the Samaritan ambulance, and Sultan and Samson armoured surveillance vehicles.

The spokesman said Britain and its allies were providing Ukrainian soldiers with new types of equipment that they may not have used before.

"It is just reasonable that they get requisite training to make the best use of it," the spokesman said. "We are always conscious of anything perceived to be escalatory yet obviously what is escalatory is the actions of Putin’s regime."

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