Defense Secretary Ben Wallace pandered to the Ukrainian military while watching a British army exercise, saying Volodymyr Zelensky’s forces could train British troops after the war with Russia.
According to the Secretary of Defense, via The Telegraph.
Speaking as he visited British troops during a military exercise in Finland, Mr Wallace said ‘Ukrainian troops have a lot to teach us’.
He said: “Every day is a learning day for us and Ukrainians. I think you could certainly foresee that the Ukrainian experience will be used to teach our forces.
“It’s mutual training. Their use of how to fight in built-up areas, their use of electronic warfare, how to deploy anti-aircraft, how they exploited Russian weakness – all of that is important for us to learn.
Wallace added that Operation Orbital, the codename for a British military operation to train and support Ukraine’s armed forces, could resume soon, after being “suspended” and not cancelled.
In January, amid growing speculation of a Russian invasion, Wallace said the UK was providing weapons and a “small number” of troops to Ukraine for training.
Initially, the training aimed to teach recruits how to spot mines and improvised explosive devices, provide battlefield medical care, and plan logistics.
Unveiling the progress of the project in 2017, then-Secretary of Defense Sir Michael Fallon said: “We continue to stand with our Ukrainian friends in the face of Russian belligerence and aggression.
“This training, which is defensive in nature, will help protect Ukrainian troops against the threats they face on a daily basis.
“By stepping up our training programs, we are sending a clear message that we support the Ukrainian people and are firmly committed to their sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”
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At the end of April, the defense sec said that Vladimir Putin could trigger a “mass” mobilization and use May Day to announce a war against the “Nazis” of the world.
The May 9 date is Russia’s ‘Victory Day’, commemorating the nation’s victory over the Nazis in 1945. Reports suggest the date could signify a level of propaganda to step up military efforts against Ukraine .
“I think he’s going to try to get out of his ‘special op’,” Ben Wallace said.
“He drove around, setting the stage so he could say ‘look, it’s now a war against the Nazis, and what I need is more people. I need more people. Russian cannon fodder.'”