British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has stated that there are no immediate plans to deploy troops to Ukraine for the purpose of training their armed forces. This statement contradicts remarks made by Defence Minister Grant Shapps, who had suggested in an interview that the training of troops could be relocated to Ukraine.
“What the Minister actually meant to convey is that it may be a possibility in the future. However, this is a long-term consideration, not an immediate one. British troops are not being sent to Ukraine to engage in combat,” Sunak emphasized at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
Dmitri Medvedev, the Vice-Chairman of the Russian Security Council, has already stated that British soldiers involved in training their Ukrainian counterparts in Ukraine would be considered legitimate targets. Over the past year, the United Kingdom has trained approximately 20,000 Ukrainian military personnel.
This clarification from the British Prime Minister reaffirms the UK’s stance on its military involvement in Ukraine, emphasizing that any potential deployment would be for training and support rather than direct combat operations.