NATO Rapid Trident 2017 war games kick off in Ukraine
The first phase of the NATO Rapid Trident 2017 military exercise has begun on the basis of the aerodrome of the tactical aviation brigade named after Petro Franko in Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
"Overseas partners from an aviation base of the United States of America have arrived in Ukraine to teach Ukrainian pilots how to interact with other kinds of troops in different conditions in the framework of Ukrainian-U.S. command and staff exercise Rapid Trident 2017," it said.
"U.S. specialists will conduct theoretical and practical medical training, specifically, medical evacuation by air and transportation and landing of freight and personnel, on the aerodrome of the Petro Franko tactical aviation brigade named," the Defense Ministry said.
Read alsoMoldovan troops arrive in Ukraine to take part in NATO drills"The exercise itself will help to increase the level of combat skills of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a whole," it added.
Up to 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers and military personnel of the partner countries – Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Britain and the United States – are taking part in the Rapid Trident 2017 drills.
The event is being hosted by the Yavoriv International Peacekeeping Center and is due to end on September 23.
As UNIAN reported earlier, pro-Russian president of Moldova Igor Dodon attempted to bar the Moldovan government from sending that country's troops to the Rapid Trident 2017 drills.
Meanwhile, Russia will conduct the Zapad 2017 exercise jointly with Belarus on September 14-20, 2017. Officially, up to 13,000 troops will be involved.