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British military medics will continue training Ukrainian doctors “for as long as it’s needed” in Kyiv’s fight for freedom.

Defence minister Andrew Murrison said the aid will help injured troops “rebuild their lives”.

The £20 million funding boost will “revolutionise the support Ukraine can give its men and women bravely returning from fighting on the front line”, Mr Murrison added.

Members of the Defence Medical Services and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, led by Lieutenant Colonel James Baden, have trained Ukrainian medics.

And additional sessions were put on at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Mr Murrison told the Daily Express: “Major General Tetiana Ostashchenko, the former Commander of the Medical Forces of Ukraine, and her clinicians have visited the UK a number of times now to meet with and learn from specialists at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM), Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, and DMRC Stanford Hall.

“I have assured her that we will continue, under Op Renovator, to do all in our power to share our know- how, provide the kit Ukrainian medics need and mitigate the human consequences of Putin’s brutality.

“How a country treats its injured is a mirror on its society. Ukraine has asked for our help, and we give it willingly. Op Renovator is the latest in our country’s support that has been unwavering since Russia’s illegal invasion began.

“That support will continue for as long as it’s needed, not to just ensure Ukraine wins this war, but that the men and women who are so bravely defending their country’s freedom on the front lines are able to rebuild their lives.”

Russia’s land warfare expert, Jack Watling, on Wednesday declared Western nations must intensify their support for Ukraine if Kyiv is to defeat Vladimir Putin’s forces.

He said: “The immediate future is one of several months of hard fighting without critical resources, while endeavouring to regenerate the combat power that was expended over 2023.

“But Europe can determine what the second half of 2024 and indeed 2025 will look like.

“This is a war that can be won. The recent successful strike on the Russian landing ship Novocherkassk in harbour, protected by layers of Russian defences, shows how Ukraine can make effective use of the equipment that it is supplied with. But European security must not be squandered by more complacency.”

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This notice was published: 2023-12-27 18:13:00

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