Ukraine and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement to expand the Orbital training operation. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced it on Facebook following the visit of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, to the United Kingdom on April 19-20, where he met with Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter.
"The British side is also leading the initiative to train the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and supports defense reform in Ukraine," said the Chief of the Defence Staff of the United Kingdom.
Carter added that more than 20,000 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had been trained by the British Armed Forces as part of bilateral military cooperation.
Khomchak stressed that such assistance contributes to the army's compatibility with NATO forces, and the participation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in joint military exercises and multinational peacekeeping and security operations - the achievement of military criteria for membership in the alliance.
In addition, Khomchak thanked the United Kingdom for supporting Ukraine in deterring and repelling the Russian armed aggression.
In turn, Sir Nicholas Carter assured that the United Kingdom continues to support the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
As it was reported earlier, British warships will sail for the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia.