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Knight Grand Cross (GCB)


General Sir Mark Alexander Popham CARLETON-SMITH, KCB, CBE


edelweiss-flower-alpine-edelweiß-protected-rarely-wild-flowerOperation Interflex is a British-led multinational effort to train new and existing Ukrainian military personnel in the UK. From July 2022, the UK's military began its ambition to help train "up to 10,000 Ukrainian personnel every 120 days". As of 2023, the programme continues to provide Ukrainian military volunteer recruits, who have "little to no previous military experience", with skills for the battlefield. Crucially, some existing Ukrainian service personnel receive "specialist training" on UK-supplied "equipment" which includes advanced weaponry. Edelweis is a nom de plume for the professional research assoviate.


Anatol Lieven pictureThe Ukrainian government is now trapped by its own uncompromising—and increasingly indefensible—policy writes Dr Anatol Lieven.

Clear differences are emerging within the Ukrainian government as to whether Ukraine should make the reconquest of Crimea a nonnegotiable goal of its war effort or be prepared to trade at least provisional Russian control of the peninsula for Russian concessions elsewhere. This issue also has the potential to create a deep split between Kyiv and Western governments, which fear that Crimea and control of the strategically vital military base of Sevastopol might be the point on which Moscow would be willing to escalate toward nuclear war. The question is becoming more urgent as Ukraine prepares for an offensive that could potentially allow it to cut the land route between Russia and Crimea.


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