British military instructors training Ukrainian troops in combat first aid, field tactics

Ukraine's defense ministry says British military instructors have traveled to the country to provide medical and tactical training to Ukrainian troops.

Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzianik said Thursday that a series of courses will be held by the trainers at bases across Ukraine on combat first aid. Motuzianik did not specify the number of instructors, but said training would be rolled out over a two-month period.

Ukraine has lobbied hard for international material support in its fight against Russian-backed separatists in the east. The United States has provided non-lethal equipment and is bracing to send its own trainers in the coming weeks.

More than 6,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million displaced by the conflict that began April.