Britain to help train Ukrainian army to counter Russian threat
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday Britain would send military personnel to Ukraine soon to help train its army, warning Moscow would move to destabilize other countries unless it was challenged.
“Over the course of the next month we’re going to be deploying British service personnel to provide advice and a range of training, to tactical intelligence to logistics, to medical care,” Cameron told a committee of lawmakers.
“We’ll also be developing an infantry training program with Ukraine to improve the durability of their forces,” he added, stressing British personnel would be a long way from any front line and not be involved in combat operations.
Cameron made the announcement after pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine brought reporters to witness the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line under a ceasefire deal. Ukraine said the rebels were using the cover of the truce to reinforce for another advance.
Cameron said he did not rule out arming Ukraine at some point in the future but that supplying non-lethal support was Britain’s current approach.