Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak says the participation of NATO member states' armed forces in Ukraine's Joint Efforts 2020 military drills has become an important deterrent to the enemy's aggressive intentions.
Khomchak announced this at a meeting of army chiefs of the Visegrad Group and Ukraine, which took place in Warsaw (Poland), the media relations office of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.
"The participation of representatives of NATO countries' armed forces in the Joint Efforts 2020 command and staff drills has become an important deterrent to the aggressive intentions by the enemy," he said.
"In turn, the Ukrainian headquarters and divisions were able to work out the controls with the J ['Joint'] structure and compatibility with Western partners."
According to him, the Joint Efforts 2020 exercise allowed the participants to hammer out a scenario for the country's comprehensive defense, which provides for the use of the military and civilian potential of the state to repel aggression.
Also, Khomchak emphasized, this exercise was a step forward in the development of asymmetric capabilities to counter the enemy's hybrid actions.
Joint Efforts 2020: Facts
- The Joint Efforts 2020 exercise took place from September 22 to September 25. About 12,000 servicemen and 700 pieces of equipment were involved.
- The drills were conducted against a single operational-strategic background, which is close to the possible nature of the development of the military and political situation around Ukraine. For the first time, military units of NATO countries – those of the United States and the United Kingdom – took part in the event.