A refillable lighter Amongst the winter kit provided to Ukrainian recruits training on UK soil 20112022 CREDIT MOD
A refillable lighter will be amongst the winter kit provided to Ukrainian recruits training on UK soil (Picture: MOD).
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Ukrainian recruits training in the UK to receive special token of support

A refillable lighter Amongst the winter kit provided to Ukrainian recruits training on UK soil 20112022 CREDIT MOD
A refillable lighter will be amongst the winter kit provided to Ukrainian recruits training on UK soil (Picture: MOD).

Ukrainian recruits training in the UK will be given a special token of UK support.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) revealed that amongst the winter kit being provided to the Ukrainian recruits, there will be a refillable lighter – "a soldier's best friend for generations" the MOD said.

Engraved in the lighter will be the message: 'Glory to Ukraine, Glory to the heroes'. 

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Johnny Mercer on Twitter called the special token of support, "a really nice touch".

Ukrainian soldiers have recently been undergoing training at an undisclosed location in the north of England – enrolled on a British-led five-week crash course.

They were learning everything from weapon handling, tactics, and trench warfare to battlefield first aid and the law of armed conflict.

Since June, the British Army and its international colleagues have overseen the training of 7,000 Ukrainians across four sites in the UK – with the first cohort of Ukrainian troops coming to the end of their training in the UK in July.

The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged that the UK will continue to stand by Ukrainians in their fight, on his first visit to the country on Saturday.

He promised Ukraine a £50 million package of defence aid during his visit to Kyiv.

Meeting President Zelensky, he said the package will help protect Ukrainian civilians and critical national infrastructure from an intense barrage of Russian strikes.