UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Thursday that Britain is on track to train more Ukrainian troops than it first planned.
When asked whether the UK could train more Ukrainian troops than the 10,000 by October as initially outlined, he said: "I think we're committed now to really going beyond that. We are going to train more and for longer."
Speaking at a news conference in Copenhagen after an international donor conference to provide aid to Ukraine to help boost its military capabilities to fight against Russia, Wallace highlighted some of the achievements of the conference.
“What we've got today is a confirmation [that more states will support UK training efforts], and in the lead-up to this we have Sweden putting in a significant number of troops, Norway announced at the event today they will put some in, we've got obviously Denmark sending 130. We've got Finland sending. We've got an awful lot of Vikings now in England. It didn't bode well a few hundred years ago when that happened. It's sort of repeat now. Most of the training mission seems to be Nordic,” he said.
Wallace also said that the actions of the international community to help Ukraine “are still on an upward trajectory.”
“There is no fatigue on the actions. We started off with basic handheld weapons and debates about whether or not training people would be provocative. Six months later, we're into discussions about how many helicopters the international community has provided, how many fixed-wing aircraft the international community has provided, how many GMLRS and HIMARS. If you judge us by our actions, the international community, the appetite is still upwards not downwards,” he said.
Speaking at the same press conference, Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov noted that it’s important to make continued support to Ukraine “sustainable” because the warehouses or storage “is not endless in every country.”
“That’s why we need to communicate ... We need to invest money to production, for example, in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Latvia or Lithuania to extend their capacity,” he said.