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The Ukrainians are fighting for their "very own survival to defend freedom and democracy...just as the UK and Commonwealth soldiers did in both world wars", said Mr Wallace.
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Remembrance: Defence Secretary highlights the 'brave Ukrainians' fighting to defend their freedom

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The Ukrainians are fighting for their "very own survival to defend freedom and democracy...just as the UK and Commonwealth soldiers did in both world wars", said Mr Wallace.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace this Remembrance Sunday has highlighted the "brave Ukrainians who are fighting for their very own survival".

"Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect upon the sacrifices made by our veterans and service personnel on operations around the world – we must never forget those who gave their lives in defence of our values and our great nation", Mr Wallace said.

He added: "All of us will also be thinking of those brave Ukrainians who are fighting for their very own survival to defend freedom and democracy for all, just as the UK and Commonwealth soldiers did in both world wars."

It comes as the Ministry of Defence (MOD) says that military training is set to return to Russian schools next year.

In the latest MOD intelligence update, "Russia's Education Minister Sergey Kravstov stated that military training will return to Russian schools, beginning in September 2023".

The intelligence update added that the military training "reprises a Soviet-era programme where students had mandatory military training, a programme which ended in 1993.

"This training included contingencies for a chemical or nuclear attack, first aid and experience handling and firing Kalashnikov rifles.

"Russian officials attempted to revive this training in 2014 following Russia's invasion of Crimea. It was hoped that the initiative would improve the quality of conscripts.

The MOD update did however highlight that "eight years later, little has changed, and the quality of Russian conscripts remains poor, with low morale and limited training.

"A training programme is currently being drafted and will be completed by the end of 2022. It will then undergo an approval process."

The Russian MOD reportedly supports the process, stating that no less than 140 hours per academic year should be devoted to this training.

Watch: Remembrance Day: Defence Secretary thanks Armed Forces 'past and present'.

The MOD intelligence believes that "this training likely intends to prepare students with military skills as they approach conscription age and to increase the take-up for mobilisation and conscription drives.

"This initiative is also likely to be part of a wider project to instil an ideology of patriotism and trust in public institutions in the Russian population."