Australia Training Ukrainian Recruits’ Tactical, Survivability Skills in the UK

The Australian Army is conducting tactical and survivability training for Ukrainian Armed Forces recruits in southern England.

The exercise was launched as part of Operation Kudu, an Australian defense initiative to upskill Ukrainian warfighters as they combat Russia’s invasion.

Cooperative Training

Led by the Royal Australian Regiment 5th Battalion, the infantry training focuses on section attacks, patrolling, and ambush techniques.

“We have gone over harbour routine, making target indications, and built up from fire and manoeuvre in pairs into section attacks,” an Australian platoon explained.

“This training will instil the will to fight and provide the combat skills required to push through the fight, remain under the detection threshold, and potentially save their lives.”

“Despite the likelihood of them entering battle directly after this training, they have maintained a good attitude, and an endearing tenacity to learn.”

Expected Increase in Survivability

In the program’s third week, recruits train in minor infantry tactics under sub-zero temperatures before returning to Ukraine.

An Ukrainian trainee receives orders during a field phase of the first rotation of Operation Kudu in the United Kingdom. *** Local Caption *** Australia continues to stand with the people of Ukraine, and is providing ongoing support in response to Russia’s continuing violation of international law.Having arrived the United Kingdom in January 2023, a contingent of up to 70 ADF personnel have joined partner nations in the UK-led and based training programme for Ukrainian recruits.
Ukrainian Armed Forces uniform during Operation Kudu in UK. Photo: CPL Jonathan Goedhart/Defence Australia

According to the Australian Ministry of Defence, the Ukrainian platoon has performed at an above-average ability to date.

“The recruits receive the information very well, and they have expressed how thankful they are for the training,” an Australian instructor said.

“I 100 percent believe the training we are providing will increase their survivability – as we have taught them how to work as a team.”

The defense department also noted that the troops could convert learned practices into habits and apply them to future lessons.

“I have learned a lot. How to move in a group. How to help. If many soldiers are trained according to NATO standards, it will help us all in combat,” a Ukrainian soldier stated.

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