An Australian Defence Force (ADF) contingent of up to 70 personnel is deploying to the UK as part of ADF Operation Kudu to provide critical training for Ukrainian recruits. 

Australia’s Minister for Defence Personnel Matt Keogh said ADF soldiers, alongside a number of partner nations, would provide essential skills to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. 

The Australian Government had announced last year, that the ADF would join an international mission in the UK to provide training for Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) recruits.

The training provided by the ADF will focus on basic infantry tactics for urban and wooded environments. No ADF personnel would enter Ukraine as part of the UK-led and based training programme.

Australia has previously gifted Australian-produced Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles and till date has provided Ukraine with about $655 million in support, including $475 million in military assistance.