British Special Forces Training Local Troops in Kyiv, Ukrianian Officers Say

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The Times is reporting that British special forces personnel are on the ground in Kyiv Oblast to train local troops, according to accounts by Ukrainian military officers.

Captain Yuriy Myronenko, assigned to a battalion deployed in Obolon on Kyiv’s northern end, said his unit received training from British troops on how to use the NLAW anti-tank missile.

Another officer identified only as “Skiff” told the Times that the 112th Battalion, to which his special forces unit was attached, received similar training from the Brits. His account was confirmed by his commanding officer, identified only as “Bear”.

The UK Ministry of Defense refused to comment on the accounts, citing a longtime reluctance to comment on special forces deployments; but Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces James Heappey confirmed that Ukrainian troops will arrive in the UK next week to receive training on armored vehicles.

British forces have been training Ukrainian forces in the country almost consecutively for eight years. They were withdrawn from the country in February over fears that Kyiv would fall in a matter of days in the event of a Russian invasion.

The United States has likewise said that they will be resuming training with Ukrainian units, but confirmed that training will not happen inside Ukraine.  

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