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FACT CHECK: Did the UK Ministry of Defense send this letter about the Ukrainian trainees?

to the image shared on facebook It allegedly shows a letter from the UK Ministry of Defense about Ukrainian military trainees.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that the Ministry of Defense sent this letter. There are several stylistic errors present in the letter.

Fact check:

Hundreds of Ukrainian recruits are currently undergoing training in the UK, including marksmanship and battlefield first aid, according to The Associated Press. Approximately 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers completed basic training in the country’s Ukrainska Pravda reported.

The Facebook image claims to show a “Leaked UK Ministry of Defense Letter” that “shows Ukraine failing in basic military skills.” The letter explains that the students had “low proficiency in certain areas of military education” and that the command was not “fully satisfied” with the course.


The letter is digitally manufactured. No letter or description of the course results appears in the UK Ministry of Defence. place or your Embassy of Ukraine place. exist no credible news reports suggesting that such a letter has been leaked or produced.

The letter also has several grammatical errors and uses US-style terms like “defense” instead of the British-style term “defense.” The letter also identifies the British Navy like the “British Royal Army” and has several sentences that seem informal and unpolished.

Shayan Sardarizadeh, a BBC reporter who focuses on disinformation and conspiracy theories, also debunked the claim about Twitter and said the fake letter was being shared by “pro-Kremlin accounts.” (RELATED: Did the Ukrainian Navy Destroy 13 Russian Warships in a Single Strike?)

a fake @DefenseHQ Pro-Kremlin accounts share a letter claiming UK-trained Ukrainian military personnel lack basic skills. In addition to grammatical errors, it uses terms like “British Royal Army”, “morale boosting”, “defense”, “fast pace” and “authorized”…” Sardarizadeh tweeted.

This is not the first time that misinformation about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has circulated on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that suggested 10,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops were deployed to Ukraine.


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