Britain to Sign Deal Providing Ukraine With Military Training, Intelligence

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London will sign a new 15-year-long defense deal with Kiev, pledging to provide Ukraine with military training and intelligence to allegedly protect it from Russia, media reported Thursday.

Ukrainian soldiers parade in Kiev during Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations. - Sputnik International
Mission Creep? Britain to Double Ukrainian Military Training
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Under the agreement, UK troops will take part in more joint drills and train larger numbers of Ukrainian troops, according to the paper. The countries will also share intelligence and expertise, it was reported in the article.

"The UK will stand firm with Ukraine as they defend their territorial integrity. This new defence agreement sets out that commitment as we enhance our training of Ukrainian armed forces," UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said, as quoted by The Telegraph newspaper.

UK troops have previously carried out drills in Ukraine, however, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has repeatedly called for more military aid from the Western states, including the United Kingdom.

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