Britain has just signed a new defence agreement with Ukraine, one that will see the UK providing intelligence and military training as the beleaguered nation fights Russian-backed rebels.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that the agreement was a sign that Britain would support Ukraine in this trying time.
The pact is valid for 15 years and will see British troops taking part in more joint exercises with the Ukrainian troops. British troops will be responsible for training Ukrainian forces that have been fighting separatists for the last two years. Ukraine claims that these separatists are backed by Russia. Both countries will also share military expertise and intelligence.
The UK had signed a similar pact with Ukraine in the past, but it lapsed in 2006 as the then Ukrainian president, Victor Yanukovych, was anti-EU and an ardent Russian supporter. The new agreement signed between the two nations revives this old pact.
In 2014, Yanukovych was overthrown, and this triggered Russia to act against Ukraine. First, Russia annexed Crimea, and then pro-Russian separatists marched into Ukraine and captured large areas in the Donbass region, including Lugansk and Donetsk.
NATO has accused Russia of sending a large number of undercover Russian troops into Ukraine, along with sophisticated equipment and weaponry, to support the pro-Russian rebels. However, Moscow has denied it.
While a ceasefire was declared for a year it did not hold, and the region along the Russian border has been witnessing constant upheaval. From 2014, more than 9,000 civilians and Ukrainian troops have been killed.
Small teams of British troops have already been training the Ukrainian forces in basic infantry tactics and battlefield medicine. However, the Ukraine government has pleaded for more help.
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