A Glimpse of Ukrainian Troops Training in the UK: Infantry, Navy Exercises and British Army Tests

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Ukrainian troops undertaking Infantry training from 5 RIFLES during the visit of Ukrainian miliitary officials. Photo dated 29.07.2022 / Photo credit: Ministry of Defence of the UK
Ukrainian troops undertaking Infantry training from 5 RIFLES during the visit of Ukrainian miliitary officials. Photo dated 29.07.2022 / Photo credit: Ministry of Defence of the UK

British Army stays in touch with the needs of the Ukrainian Army, preparing the troops to counter russian military attempts

A few days ago a visit of Ukrainian top military officials to the United Kingdom came to an end, according to the statement released by Ukraine's General Staff. Two generals got acquainted with the training provided to the Ukrainian troops under the program proposed by PM Boris Johnson back in June.

In particular, they visited the site of small arms firing and tactical training, where the Ukrainian servicemen practice the skills of shooting movement on the battlefield, especially in urban and forested areas.

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We can see a glimpse of this training, delivered by the UK Ministry of Defense in the following video:

The training of Ukrainian servicemen takes place according to a scenario specially prescribed by the specialists of Great Britain, in particular the instructors of The 5th RIFLES British infantry regiment. All attention is focused on shooting and defensive actions, psychological resilience, and correct actions to evacuate the wounded.

Annual Combat Marksmanship Test (ACMT) is "an annual combat marksmanship test which is at various different distances that you're firing the rifle at, at two different sizes of targets depending on the distance that you're firing at from prone, standing, kneeling, within a fire trench, supported by a post". Source: Capt. Richard Peacock, citation by Forces.net / Photo: Ukrainian servicemen receive training from 5th RIFLES at a firing range in the UK / Photo credit: Ministry of Defence of the UK

The proficiency of Ukrainian soldiers’ skill at firing AK47 rifles was evaluated according to the British Army’s ACMT assessment and the Offensive Exercise on Salisbury Plain Training Area which is a proving ground for evaluation of urban warfare skills.

"The realism of the exercise was amplified by use of various battle inoculation methods, including battle simulations (batsims), smoke and over-head fire," says the UK MoD.

The training is enhanced with pyrotechnics and smoke screens / Photo credit: Ministry of Defence of the UK
Photo credit: Ministry of Defence of the UK

Considering that there are about 200 Ukrainian soldiers arriving weekly to the United Kingdom for the training under this program, we can estimate that there are 2,000 to 2,500 troops who have already completed the course or are just about to end it.

"Ukrainian service members trained in Great Britain are showing results on the battlefield," said Lieutenant General Yevhen Moisiuk who had visited the training areas during the trip.

The trainings for the Ukrainian sailors are followed up with a period of knowledge exchange alongside Royal Navy crews and operational training at sea / Photo credit: Ministry of Defence of the UK

Also, British instructors provide training to Ukrainian Navy servicemen, aimed at teaching them how to operate Sandown-class MCMV minehunter vessels. Among other things, the sailors learned SONAR operation, engineering, damage control and navigation of these specialized vessels.

Ukrainian sailors are taught to operate these Sandown-class demining vessels / Photo credit: Ministry of Defence of the UK

Defense Express reminds that 10,000 troops in general are expected to complete the training by the end of October this year, approximately.

Though the trainings for the Ukrainian infantry and sailors must be just the tip of the iceberg, since there are also special trainings for the mechanized units that we covered before, as well as trainings for operating M270 and more.

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