Almost 1,000 Ukrainian marines have completed over six months of intense training by the Royal Marines and Army Commandos in the UK, focusing on amphibious landings, the use of Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons (NLAW), Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, mortars, drones, and explosives. The program, announced by Rishi Sunak in February, is the first of its kind to provide amphibious training to Ukrainian forces. While some of the trainees are experienced military personnel, many are civilian volunteers. The UK has trained over 20,000 Ukrainians and plans to train 20,000 more.
- The Ukrainian marines received extensive training in amphibious landings, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weaponry, use of mortars and drones, and explosive demolition. Trainees described the course as “far more intense” than expected.
- This is the first time the UK has provided this specific training to the Ukrainian forces, offering them enhanced skills and tactics in maritime environments.
- The group of Ukrainian trainees included both experienced military individuals and civilian volunteers, expanding the skillset across different segments of Ukraine’s defense force.
- Over 20,000 Ukrainians have been trained by the UK so far, and the British government has pledged to train an additional 20,000. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace highlighted the UK’s leadership role in enhancing Ukraine’s military capabilities.
- The trained marines are heading to the frontline, signaling the strategic importance of this training in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The UK’s support is instrumental in bolstering Ukraine’s ability to operate and respond in various combat situations.