Ukraine to Host Major Military Drills with Foreign Troops
The drills will be the first of their kind in Ukraine and required legislation for foreign troops to operate in Ukraine
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Ukraine will host five major military drills with the participation of NATO troops this year. President Petro Poroshenko signed the law allowing foreign troops on Ukrainian soil on March 6, Ukrinform reported.
“[The law has been] returned with a signature from the president,” reads a note on the date and status of the passage of the document.
The law specifies the number of planned military exercises throughout the year, including participation of foreign troops under the flags of Ukraine, the United States, Romania, and the United Kingdom. The military exercises, and participating countries, are:
- Rapid Trident 2019 – US and Ukraine
- Sea Breeze 2019 – US and Ukraine
- Riverine 2019 – Romania and Ukraine
- Maple Arche – 2019 – Multinational exercise including Ukraine
- Warrior Watcher 2019 – UK and Ukraine
Total strength, armament and military equipment expected to be involved – up to 13,000 military personnel and military equipment, as well as up to 6 planes and helicopters.
The aim of the exercises are for increasing the capabilities of Armed Forces Units and the development of Ukrainian training facilities, as the parliamentary website states.
On February 26, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian Parliament, adopted the law “On the approval of the decision of the president of Ukraine on the admission of units of the armed forces of other states to the territory of Ukraine in 2019 for participation in multinational exercises.”
Verkhovna Rada’s Chairman Andriy Parubiy signed the law on March 1. This law will expire at the end of the year.
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