The first cohort of Ukrainian troops has arrived in the UK to undergo specialist military training, with up to 10,000 service members expected to take part in the program in the coming months. British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has personally welcomed the soldiers.
According to a statement published by Britain’s Ministry of Defence on Saturday, Ukrainian military personnel had met with the top military official earlier this week.
Wallace described the training program as the next phase of Britain’s support to the Ukrainian military.
“Using the world-class expertise of the British army we will help Ukraine to rebuild its forces and scale up its resistance as they defend their country’s sovereignty and their right to choose their own future,” the secretary proclaimed.
According to the Ministry of Defence’s own estimates, London has so far spent over £2.3 billion ($2.7 billion) on military aid to “support Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s unprovoked invasion.”