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The West must change its approach to AFU training, otherwise it will have to pay dearly - The Guardian

Aid for Ukraine needs a new format

Western partners prioritized the training of Ukrainian soldiers right when Western tanks and IFVs were handed over. However, they started training at their training grounds as early as January 2023, although the decision on the need for exercises was made as early as September 2022.

This allowed the Russian troops to get a serious head start, and strengthen their positions in such areas as the left-bank Dnieper in the Kherson region. This is argued by Jake Watling, senior research fellow in ground combat at the Royal United Services Institute, publishing a piece in The Guardian.

"Another problem is that much of the training provided has been poorly designed. Individual soldiers can train in Ukraine. What is not easy to do there - Ukraine's ranges are a target for Russian strikes - is combat training over a company. For this reason, collective training is organized for some Ukrainian units at European ranges. However, Western militaries have a mantra that you must "train while fighting," the article stated.

Watling pointed out that the AFU fighters have made it clear that they could not do this on Western training grounds. They cannot fly their UAVs due to regulatory restrictions or use their own fire control software because it is not NATO certified.

The West must change its approach to AFU training, otherwise it will have to pay dearly - The Guardian

According to the scholar, the bureaucratic restrictions underscore a serious problem for Ukraine's partners. While the fate and stability of the entire continent directly depends on the battles Ukrainian soldiers are fighting.

"If this issue is not resolved, the advantages currently enjoyed by Ukraine will disappear and NATO will struggle to meet the readiness goals agreed upon in Vilnius. The future of European security thus depends on the ability of Western capitals to look ahead and make timely decisions. We are reminded every day of the price of delay by footage from liberated Ukrainian territories, such as Bucha, Gostomel, and parts of Kherson region," the author concluded.

As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the authoritative publication The Wall Street Journal pointed out the lack of training and armament in the AFU before the counteroffensive, which Western partners knew about. At the same time, the Russian military has low morale due to attrition, poor supply and infighting in the Kremlin and apparently cannot seize the initiative on the front.

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