AFP

Ukraine launches joint military drills with NATO June 28, 2016

The large-scale Ukrainian-NATO military exercises codenamed “Rapid Trident 2016” have begun at the Yavoriv range in Ukraine’s Lvov region on Monday, the press service of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry reported, adding that the manoeuvers, which will last until July 8, involve more than 1 thousand 800 troops from 14 countries: Ukraine, the United States, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, the UK, Moldova, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey.

A spokesman for the regional branch of the Ukrainian defence ministry, Oleksandr Poronyuk, said some 200 pieces of military equipment, including two helicopters, will be used during the drills. Some 300 U.S. troops have been training Ukrainian soldiers since April 2015 to support them in their fight against pro-Russian rebels in the country’s war-torn east. Kiev and the West have accused Russia of buttressing the rebels and sending in regular troops across the border, claims Moscow has repeatedly denied.

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