Ukraine News: ++ Great Britain promises to station soldiers in Ukraine ++

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Great Britain announces the prospect of stationing soldiers in Ukraine

Great Britain's Defense Secretary Grant Shapps during his visit to Kiev last week

Great Britain’s Defense Secretary Grant Shapps during his visit to Kiev last week

Source: dpa/Ukrainian Presidential Press Off

NATO is facing another U-turn: Britain’s defense minister is currently holding talks about relocating training missions to Ukraine. This would be the first time that NATO soldiers would be deployed in the country. More in the live ticker.

GBritain’s Defense Minister Grand Shapps has announced that British soldiers could also be deployed to Ukraine for the first time. In an interview with the newspaper “The Telegraph” Shapps said he had spoken to army leadership about it.

The talks were about the relocation of an official, British-led training mission for Ukrainian soldiers to Ukraine. So far, these trainings have taken place in the United Kingdom and at other locations in NATO countries, including Germany.

After a visit to Kiev last week, Shapps also said he had discussed with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky what role the British Navy could play in protecting cargo ships in the Black Sea. Russia canceled an agreement to export Ukrainian grain under the control of Turkey and the UN in July and threatened attacks.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had previously ruled out relocating NATO troops to Ukraine. With Britain’s plans, the defense alliance would move away from this position.

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