Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered to launch a major training operation for Ukrainian forces, with the potential to train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days during his surprise visit to Ukraine to see President Volodymyr Zelenskiy this afternon (Friday).
The Prime Minister, who arrived in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on a visit shrouded in secrecy, said:
“My visit today, in the depths of this war, is to send a clear and simple message to the Ukrainian people: the UK is with you, and we will be with you until you ultimately prevail.”
Mr Johnson confirmed Britain will offer Ukrainian forces a major training programme which would have the capacity to train as many as 10,000 soldiers every 120 days, using battle-proven British Army expertise.
“As Ukrainian soldiers fire UK missiles in defence of your nation’s sovereignty, they do so also in defence of the very freedoms we take for granted.
“That is why I have offered President Zelensky a major new military training programme that could change the equation of this war – harnessing that most powerful of forces, the Ukrainian determination to win.”
Posting a photograph of him with President Zelensky on Twitter, the Prime Minister said:
“Mr President, Volodymyr. It is good to be in Kyiv again.”