British military show Ukrainian army how to use anti-tank weapons against Russia

Pavlo Tkachuk, the Ukraine National Army Academy commander, at the first demonstration on how to use the anti-tank weapons (Pictures: Reuters)
Pavlo Tkachuk, the Ukraine National Army Academy commander, at the first demonstration on how to use the anti-tank weapons (Pictures: Reuters)

British instructors have started training soldiers in Ukraine on how to operate anti-tank weaponry to resist a possible invasion from president Vladimir Putin’s bigger and better-equipped army.

In response to ‘the increasingly threatening behaviour’ from Russia, defence secretary Ben Wallace confirmed last week that arms will be delivered to Kyiv.

This morning, Pavlo Tkachuk, the Ukraine National Army Academy commander, shared photographs from the first demonstration, holding a next generation light anti-tank weapon (NLAW) on his shoulder.

In a statement on Facebook, he said: ‘Soon, the first several dozens of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be able not only to effectively apply these PRKs, but also to be able to teach other Ukrainian soldiers themselves.

‘I am grateful to the highest military leadership of our state for their trust and the opportunity to start this training with us, and the UK Government and the instructors of the mission “ORBITAL” – for help and support both the Ukrainian army and Ukraine in general.’

Nato allies are in urgent discussions over how to respond to aggression from the Kremlin on Europe’s eastern frontier, including boosting the defences of Baltic countries.

Alongside dedicating transporting weapons to Ukraine, Boris Johnson revealed that British soldiers could be sent to Estonia to bolster the permanent UK-led Nato force already on its soil.

A British military instructor trains Ukrainian service members to use the next generation light anti-tank weapon (Picture: Reuters)
A British military instructor trains Ukrainian service members to use the next generation light anti-tank weapon (Picture: Reuters)
The next generation light anti-tank weapon, NLAW, supplied by Britain, is seen on a table (Pictures: Reuters)
The next generation light anti-tank weapon, NLAW, was supplied by Britain (Pictures: Reuters)

Speaking in the House of Commons today, the prime minister said: ‘The British Army leads the Nato battle group in Estonia and if Russia invades Ukraine, we would look to contribute to any new Nato deployments to protect our allies in Europe.’

Just days ago, the Royal Air Force transported defensive anti-armour weaponry to Kyiv and nearly 2,000 grenade launchers, even though Russia continue to deny plans to invade.

This is the first time the Ministry of Defence has supplied lethal weapons to Ukraine.

Defence minister Oleksii Reznikov confirmed over the weekend that the capital has also received nearly 200 tonnes of ‘lethal security assistance’ – including ammunition – from the US.

Since 2014, the US has provided $2.5 billion in security assistance, including the training of the Ukrainian armed forces, and the provision of military equipment.

According to Global Firepower, the country currently ranks 22 for its warfare capabilities.

However, the latest data shows that its naval forces have no aircraft or helicopter carriers, submarines or destroyers.

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