LONDON: According to a statement released by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense on Monday, more than 17,000 Ukrainian recruits have been trained by Britain and other allies over the past year to assist Kyiv in its battle against Russia’s invasion.
The ministry claimed that the recruits had been turned “from civilians to soldiers” as a result of putting them through a “grueling” five-week training program. The recruits came from a wide variety of backgrounds.
In June of the previous year, the United Kingdom and its nine other partner nations (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, and the Netherlands) launched an effort to encourage new volunteer recruits for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The recruits, who had very little to no prior military experience, participated in a training program led by the United Kingdom and known as Operation Interflex. This program taught them different skills, including how to handle weapons, provide first aid on the battlefield, and conduct patrols.
“It is humbling to witness the determination and resiliency of the Ukrainian recruits that arrive on British soil, from all walks of life, to train to fight alongside our British and international forces,” said Ben Wallace, the UK Defense Secretary. “The determination and resiliency of the Ukrainian recruits”
For as long as it takes, the United Kingdom and our other international partners will keep providing the crucial support that is necessary to assist Ukraine in defending itself against Russian aggression.
In the beginning, Britain made an offer to teach up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in war capabilities using the same curriculum that is used for basic soldier training in the UK.
According to the British defense ministry, the program has recently been expanded and is currently on schedule to train approximately 30,000 new recruits by the year 2024.
According to the report, intelligence has demonstrated that the training has made “a significant difference to the combat effectiveness of Ukraine.”
“The UK Armed Forces maintains close communication with Ukraine to improve and evolve the course based on the skills that are most needed on the battlefield,” the ministry noted.