: Rapid Trident 2016 NATO drills to start in western Ukraine on June 27

11:39 Jun. 23, 2016

Rapid Trident 2016 NATO drills to start in western Ukraine on June 27

A soldier of the U.S. Army walks with Romanian soldiers on the third day of the 'Rapid Trident' bilateral military exercises between the United States and Ukraine (Getty Images)

Troops from 14 nations to take part in joint military exercises

More than 1,800 soldiers from 14 NATO member states and their partners are to hold joint military drills at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (IPSC) in Yavoriv in western Ukraine from June 27 till July 8.

The exercises are part of the Rapid Trident programme, which brings together NATO members and its allies in eastern Europe.

The drills are seen as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine, as it continues to fight combined Russian-separatist forces in the east of the country.

Read also NATO steps up its support for Ukraine

Rapid Trident is an annual field training exercise which involves armored vehicles maneuvering, shooting practice with small arms and coordinating operations with military helicopters.

According to Ukraine's Defence Ministry, in 2016 Ukrainian army representatives will participate in 10 various multinational military drills.


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