Training on UK Challenger 2 tanks for Ukrainian soldiers is continuing “at pace” in the South West of England after the UK committed to provide 14 vehicles and accompanying ammunition to support Ukraine’s defence.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace visited the training site today to meet the UK trainers and Ukrainian soldiers. Lasting for several weeks, the programme oversees Ukrainian soldiers in learning how to effectively operate the tanks in combat conditions.
“It is hugely inspiring to come and witness Ukrainian soldiers being trained on British Challenger 2 tanks. Their resilience and determination to succeed for the liberation of their country sends a powerful message to Russia,” said Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary. “Ukrainians will continue to fight, and the UK, alongside our Allies will not falter. We will continue to provide the capabilities needed to support Ukraine for as long as it takes. President Putin’s speech yesterday demonstrated just how dangerous to our security Russia has become.”
The UK was the first country to provide Ukraine with modern Western main battle tanks, as well as equipping the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a range of capabilities to help them to defend their territory with anti-tank weapons, armoured vehicles and air defences.
The visit comes after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak extended the UK military training offer to Ukraine to include pilot and marines. Training of Ukrainian soldiers, alongside gifting equipment, has been vital to the company’s defence.