Military instructors from the Special Airborne Service (SAS) of the United Kingdom have returned to Ukraine and continue to train commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, The Times reports.
two weeks ago. In particular, they trained the local military to use the NLAW anti-tank missile systems that the UK supplies to Ukraine.
The newspaper clarifies that this is not about volunteers who arrived in Ukraine, but about regular military personnel.
The British left Ukraine in February, before the start of the Russian special operation. According to British Deputy Defense Secretary James Hippie, Britain did not want NATO military to come into direct conflict with Russian forces.
On February 24, President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. He called its goals the protection of the population of Donbass, as well as “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring country. Ukraine responded by declaring martial law and mobilization.
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Since the conflict began, many Western countries, including the UK, have announced new sanctions against Russia and also continue to supply Ukraine with weapons. In particular, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously promised to transfer £100 million worth of weapons to Kiev, including Starstreak MANPADS and 120 armored vehicles.
At the end of February, the UK announced that it was ready to provide Ukraine with a loan in the amount up to $500 million.
Russian authorities have repeatedly condemned Western countries for “pumping weapons” Ukraine and warned that convoys with foreign weapons would become targets for the Russian military.