The British government will continue assisting Ukraine in reforming its defence sector and will start training Ukrainian air force soldiers. The corresponding joint statement was signed on January 20 by the Defence Secretary of Britain Michael Fallon and the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak.
Since 2015, about five thousand Ukrainian soldiers had been trained with the participation of British military instructors, Michael Fallon wrote in an article about Ukraine. Dozens of new specialized courses are scheduled for the first half 2017.
British instructors train Ukrainian soldiers to provide medical aid on the battlefield, teach the basics of infantry tactics, logistics and mine detection.
Totally, London provided Ukraine with non-lethal equipment (first aid kits, kevlar helmets, bulletproof vests, sleeping bags, warm clothes and night vision devices) amounting to over one million pounds.
From 2017 Ukrainian air forces will be also involved in the British-Ukrainian program. Moreover, this year a British destroyer is expected to enter the Ukrainian port of Odessa with its first official visit for the past ten years.
Source: the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine