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Defence in the media: Wednesday 21 November 2018

Today's defence related news includes Britain sending further troops to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces

 

Britain to send troops to Ukraine

The Telegraph, carries a report on today's announcement by the Defence Secretary of a number of future training team deployments to Ukraine on Operation Orbital. This comes after the Defence Secretary committed to extending the training that the UK offers during his visit to the country in September.

In a meeting today with his Ukrainian counterpart, Gavin Williamson announced a range of forthcoming deployments and exercises which will see the two countries' Armed Forces continue to work together in defence of the international rules-based order. As well as confirming that early next year, training teams from the Royal Marines and the British Army will deploy, it was also announced that HMS Echo would deploy to the Black Sea to demonstrate the UK's support to ensuring freedom of navigation in the region.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

As long as Ukraine faces Russian hostilities, it will find a steadfast partner in the United Kingdom.

By continuing to work together, whether through training programmes or military exercises, we help Ukraine to stand up for our shared values. Those values of freedom and democracy cannot be traded. I have witness on the front line the effects of the war in the east and this has reinforced my support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Image of the day

Stepan Poltorak, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence is greeted in London by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson outside the MOD.