Australian troops deploy in UK to train Ukrainian forces
Australian Minister for Defence Personnel Matt Keogh said Australia’s experience and support are vital for Ukraine and its armed forces: “Our people are our greatest defence capability. That’s why it’s important our soldiers, alongside a number of partner nations, provide essential skills to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, supporting Ukraine to end the conflict on its own terms,” Matt Keogh said.
The training conducted under this operation will generate additional capacity within the Armed Forces of Ukraine and will focus on basic infantry tactics for urban and wooded environments, helping Ukrainian recruits gain the military skills needed to defend their homeland. No ADF personnel will enter Ukraine as part of the program.
Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said the Australian Government was committed to standing with Ukraine, in response to Russia’s violation of the rules-based order: “Operation Kudu builds on Australia’s military support for Ukraine, with the previously gifted Australian-produced Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles proving their worth as highly valuable military vehicles.”
To date, Australia has provided Ukraine with about $655 million in support, including $475 million in military assistance.