15:00 Jun. 27, 2016
In 2016 Ukrainian army representatives to take part in 10 various multinational military exercises
More than 1,800 soldiers from 14 NATO member states and their partners are holding joint military drills at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre (IPSC) in Yavoriv in western Ukraine (near Lviv) from June 27 till July 8.
This is reported by Ukraine's Defence Ministry
Rapid Trident is an annual field training exercise which involves armoured vehicles manoeuvring, shooting practice with small arms and coordinating operations with military helicopters.
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.
The exercises are part of the Rapid Trident programme, which brings together NATO members and its allies in Eastern Europe. NATO stepped up its presence and military activity in its eastern member states after Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
According to Ukraine's Defence Ministry, in 2016 Ukrainian army representatives will take part in 10 various multinational military drills.