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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says it is planned next year to increase the number of military participants and expand the geography of the Sea Breeze 2019 multinational exercises.

He recalled representatives of 19 NATO Allies and other partners had taken part in Sea Breeze 2018.

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"The assessment by mentors from eight member states is clear and unambiguous – thanks to the exercises, a big step was taken to improve the level of interaction and coordination of the Ukrainian Navy and the Allies' military forces. The Sea Breeze 2018 military exercise is not only about an increase in such compatibility, but also about an increase in the level of maritime and field training and coordination of multinational units," Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.

"Our cooperation shows unity and readiness to protect the world and common values. Next year, we are planning to increase the number of military participants in the drills, especially the naval forces, and expand the areas of the Sea Breeze 2019 exercises," he said.