18 January 2023
Australian soldiers depart Darwin for the United Kingdom this week to join partner nations in providing critical training to Ukrainian recruits.
A contingent of up to 70 ADF personnel will deploy as part of ADF Operation Kudu to assist with the UK-led and based training program, supporting Ukraine's defence in response to Russia’s illegal invasion.
Minister for Defence Personnel Matt Keogh said Australia’s experience and support was vital for the Ukraine and its armed forces.
“Our people are our greatest defence capability. That’s why it’s important our soldiers, alongside a number of partner nations, provide essential skills to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, supporting Ukraine to end the conflict on its own terms,” Mr Keogh said.
“We are proud to support the brave people of Ukraine and their armed forces.”
The training conducted 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 Richard Marles said the Australian Government was committed to standing with Ukraine, in response to Russia’s 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.”
To date, Australia has provided Ukraine with about $655 million in support, including $475 million in military assistance.