Australian soldiers will depart Darwin this week to join partner nations in the United Kingdom, providing critical training to Ukrainian recruits to support their national defence in response to Russia’s illegal invasion.
CAPTION: Australian soldiers undertake tactical combat-casualty-care training in preparation to deploy to the UK to provide training support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Photo by Petty Officer Peter Thompson.
A contingent of about 70 Australian Defence Force personnel will deploy as part of ADF Operation Kudu to assist with the UK-led and -based training program.
The contingent conducted mission-specific training in Darwin in December to prepare for their deployment.
The training delivered under this operation will generate additional capacity within the Armed Forces of Ukraine and will focus on basic infantry tactics for urban and wooded environments, helping Ukrainian recruits gain the military skills needed to defend their homeland.
No ADF personnel will enter Ukraine as part of the program.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles said the Australian government was committed to standing with Ukraine, in response to Russia’s clear violation of the rules-based order.
“Operation Kudu builds on Australia’s military support for Ukraine, with the previously gifted Australian-produced Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles proving their worth as highly valuable military vehicles,” Mr Marles said.
Minister for Defence Personnel Matt Keogh said our people were our greatest defence capability, which was why it was so important that our soldiers, alongside a number of partner nations, would provide essential skills to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, supporting Ukraine to end the conflict on its own terms.
“We are proud to support the brave people of Ukraine and their armed forces,” Mr Keogh said.
A Defence spokesperson said Operation Kudu demonstrated Australia’s ongoing commitment to stand with the people of Ukraine, and continued support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
To date, Australia has provided Ukraine with approximately $655 million in support, including $475 million in military assistance.