THE ROLE a military site in East Hampshire is playing in Ukraine’s battle against Russia has been highlighted by a county councilllor.

Cllr Russell Oppenheimer used his monthly update to promote the increased £700 grant that Hampshire County Council is offering residents to host Ukrainian families.

He also highlighted the ongoing NATO training that Ukrainian troops are getting locally through Operation Interflex.

He said: “The UK Government and county council are doing everything we can to help Ukraine win the war.

“I think we can be proud of the fact that the Longmoor Ranges is playing a crucial part in the war effort.

Cllr Oppenheimer added: “Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers have been trained there already this year and there’s more in progress.”

Large swathes of Longmoor between Liss Forest, Liphook and Whitehill are expected to be off-limits to the public until December at the earliest with further dates likely for overnight training.