Wise-Compare.com: Empowering Wise Decisions.

Just half of Britons support sending UK troops to the Ukraine to train Kyiv‘s forces, a new poll has revealed, after Grant Shapps‘ push to boost support for the war-torn country sparked a row. 

The new Defence Secretary recently held talks with army leaders and suggested troops could be sent to Ukraine for the first time to train soldiers.

Rishi Sunak this week rowed back on his defence minister’s comments saying they weren’t for the ‘here and now’ while the suggestion from Mr Shapps sparked a warning from Russia that UK instructors sent to Ukraine would become ‘legitimate targets’ and face ‘destruction’. 

And according to a new YouGov poll, just half of Britons would support UK soldiers being sent to the war-torn country, while 31 per cent said they were against the idea. 

The survey suggests support for Ukraine is wavering, while further cracks have started to appear across pond today when the US Congress dropped a $6billion aid package for Kyiv.

Thousands of Kyiv’s military personnel have been trained in the UK, including on NATO tactics, tanks and Western fighter jets.

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps’ push for support in war-torn Ukraine sparked a row this week

However, Mr Shapps suggested that could go further by saying he would like to see ‘training and production’ operations take place in the war-torn country.

Although there was no suggestion of British troops taking part in combat operations, such a move would constitute a major ramping up of support.

In a post on Telegram, Putin ally Dmitri Medvedev delivered a furious response, saying the move would ‘turn their instructors into a legal target for our armed forces’.

He added: ‘Understanding perfectly well that they will be ruthlessly destroyed. And not as mercenaries, but namely as British NATO specialists.’

On a visit to Burnley as the Tory conference gets under way in Manchester, Mr Sunak said he wants to be ‘absolutely clear’ about the situation.

He said that Britain has been training Ukrainian citizens and soldiers ‘for a long time’ within the UK.

‘And what the Defence Secretary was saying was that it might well be possible one day in the future for us to do some of that training in Ukraine,’ the Prime Minister said.

‘But that’s something for the long term, not the here and now, there are no British soldiers that will be sent to fight in the current conflict. That’s not what’s happening. What we are doing is training Ukrainians. We’re doing that here in the UK.’

So far, the UK and other NATO members have avoided deployments of troops to Ukraine in any official capacity to avoid being drawn into direct confrontations.

While there is no suggestion of British troops taking part in combat operations, such a move would constitute a major ramping up of support

The new Defence Secretary meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said he wants to move ‘training and production’ operations into the war-torn country itself, mainly in Western areas away from the frontline

A Ukrainian serviceman carries an unguided missile for a launcher of a military Mi-8 helicopter, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in an undisclosed location in Eastern Ukraine

Rishi Sunak insisted the idea floated by the Defence Secretary was ‘not happening’ and not something for the ‘here and now’

In March 2022 Vladimir Putin’s regime launched a cruise missile strike at a base near the Polish border housing foreign fighters, killing more than 35.

Mr Shapps also also told the Telegraph that he is encouraging British defence firms to set up factories in Ukraine, and is discussing ways the British Navy could help to defend commercial vessels in the Black Sea.

Mr Shapps told the Telegraph: ‘I was talking today about eventually getting the training brought closer and actually into Ukraine as well.

‘Particularly in the west of the country, I think the opportunity now is to bring more things in country – not just training, but also we’re seeing BAE [the UK defence firm], for example, move into manufacturing in country, for example.

‘I think there will be a move to get more training and production in the country.’

Since the start of 2022, more than 20,000 recruits from the Ukrainian armed forces have received basic British Army training in the UK as part of the British-led Operation Interflex.

Basic training involves surviving in a hostile environment; troops are taught skills like basic fieldcraft and medical care, as well as marksmanship and weapon handling.

The training has also been adapted to reflect what is needed on the ground – essentially trench warfare.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

Content source – www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *