How ordinary Ukrainians are getting battle-ready in UK’s training fields – Times of India

How ordinary Ukrainians are getting battle-ready in UK’s training fields - Times of India

Somewhere in the frost-covered hills of England, the Ukrainian fighting spirit is being given an iron tip.
Ukrainian volunteers are being flown from Poland on an average of 130 flights every six months. There are florists, grocers, butchers, single mothers and teachers – ordinary people with one thing in common: they want to fight. Russian invasion of Ukraine. There are some, though, with previous military experience.
Operation InterflexWhich has been described as the largest per capita trainer by UK defense officials. Ukrainianhas trained more than 32,000 men and women to fight since June 2022. Russian military forces. and has released more than 3.5 million items. War equipment. Apart from Great Britain, eleven countries are providing training.
“We’re training them to be more lethal and more survivable than their Russian counterparts,” said Colonel James Thurston, commander of Operation Interflex. “We are training them to reclaim territory, not just to get it,” he told international journalists invited by Britain.
Brothers in Arms
Two pairs of light blue eyes entered the room full of reporters. You can tell two young men in battle camouflage are smiling under their camouflage. They are covered from head to toe. The patterns are different from their British and Australian instructors just so you know who’s who on the live fire training ground.
They are brothers. “Jimmy and Jack,” they offer by way of introduction. There are doubts everywhere. Someone suggested “Ilya” and “Koryakin”, the given and last name of a fictitious spy. Jimmy and Jack start laughing. They have seen “The Man from UNCLE” To protect their identities we settle on “Igor” and “Vlad” as names.
The brothers have battle experience, in a jungle environment. Igor has said through an interpreter that he has seen action on the third line of defense on the eastern front, while Vlad fought in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk as well as near Lysychansk.
“We’ve learned a lot about trenches and urban combat,” Vlad said. “Most of our training has been in trench assault assault teams.”
Then there is “what”, Ukrainian for grandfather; The younger soldiers call him that because he is 40 years old and has two college degrees — one in railroad engineering and the other in social psychology. He belongs to a city on the border of Ukraine and Russia. He was in the garden with his family when Russian troops entered his village. “It was winter, there was no equipment,” says Dede. “I learned Russian,” he says, “but I didn’t invite them to attack.”
‘Survival, lethality, aggressive spirit’
The cold crunches underfoot. It is about -6° Celsius on top of a hill. Short, sharp bursts of automatic fire break the frozen air. The Ukrainians are practicing taking out the enemy in the field, moving in pairs — halting, dropping to a knee, shooting, blowing smoke for cover, moving again.
They are used to fighting in -15°C and below, he says later. Ahead, the helmets wander up and down the trenches as they try to clear the “enemy” without killing themselves, or the men next to them. A target drops and backs up at 100m range. Volunteers are learning about precision under pressure so that the person they shoot to get home won’t return the compliment. Training distances range from 25 to 250 meters.
“It’s about survival, lethality and aggressiveness,” says one instructor. They also learn how to deal with armed drones and the laws of armed conflict.
A long war
A second winter of war threatens to spill over into spring and beyond. About 50 percent of Russian-held territory has been retaken, according to British defense sources, who add that Russia has lost more than 2,600 tanks, 5,000 armored vehicles and about 1,400 artillery pieces.
A blow came in February when the Russians captured the eastern Ukrainian stronghold of Avdiivka. And the Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky For the first time he has counted the dead on his side: 31,000 killed in two years. The Pentagon estimates Russian casualties at 60,000 dead and about 240,000 wounded.
Moscow’s latest attacks are finding Ukrainians outside and outgunned. But they fight on, with some spectacular wins in 2023 and the knowledge that if Putin succeeds, it will lead to more misadventures. But with Sweden approved to join NATO as its 32nd member, the Russian president may find himself facing a more committed NATO.
“We are clear that Russia can end this war. However, there is no sign that President Putin is giving up despite the heavy price he has paid,” Nick Katsaras, UK Cabinet Office for Russia. Director General of Ukraine said. Allies, especially Britain, are committed to supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes. “Putin thinks he can eliminate Western support in this conflict. He’s wrong,” said Luke Dearden, deputy director of the Ukraine camp unit. FCDO.
Most courses are five weeks long. The 35th day of Ukraine departs from the UK. This unit would also go out to fight a war they did not want. There will be singing, dancing and drinking at night. And goodbye. The flight will be a time of more gruesome reflections on life and death that return them to the frozen hell of hope and war.

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