Our group of military attachés and Ukrainian officers find a badly injured sergeant, his foot blown off by a mine booby-trap. As he begs for help and calls out for his mother, we see sergeants standing guard and another prodding the ground to clear a path to the injured man through more potentially explosive devices.
Thankfully the sergeant is not injured (though we all agree that he should have won an Oscar for his acting skills and his instructor for the special effect of the severed foot). This is an exercise at the Staryi Krym training area outside Feodosia, involving 45 sergeants from the Ukrainian Naval Infantry Battalion and other units in the Coastal Defence Forces.
The sergeants have just completed a three-week course delivered by instructors from the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT). Attachés, senior Ukrainian officers and journalists have gathered for a Distinguished Visitors’ Day to view the culmination of the training.