Finland helps train Ukrainian volunteers in Great Britain

Finland helps train Ukrainian volunteers in Great Britain

The Finnish Defense Forces (FDF) is sending about 20 conscripts to Britain to assist in the training of Ukrainian Armed Forces volunteers.

The UK has asked partner countries to support the UK-led training programme. It plans to provide basic military training to up to 10,000 Ukrainian volunteers this year.

Senior official of the Ministry of Defence Juha Martelius told Yle on Tuesday that so far Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands have announced that they will participate in the training.

The intensive course will be implemented in Britain this autumn.

"The purpose is not to provide complete basic fighter training, but to participate to the extent that there is a qualified group of trainers from Finland for the needs of the Ukrainians, who are defined by Great Britain as the host country." said Martelius.

Britain began training volunteers for the Ukrainian Armed Forces in July.

According to Martelius, the number of Finnish personnel is determined by Britain’s request and the availability of Finns.

"The period is quite short, and the number of trainers is not large enough to influence domestic conscript training," he said.

Sweden has announced that it will send around 120 military experts for training support.

Finland and Britain signed a joint security declaration in May, just before Finland applied to join NATO with Sweden. On 6 July, the UK government approved the two countries’ accession protocols.

So far, 21 of NATO’s 30 member states have ratified the applications of the two Nordic countries. Membership requires unanimous approval.

Source: The Nordic Page




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