Ukraine continues expanding involvement of its own soldiers in international exercises, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Kliuyev stated, ForUm learned from the press service of the official.

According to him, it makes possible not only to improve the training of the Ukrainian soldiers, but also the skills to interact with entities in other countries, allows the use of the modern experience of the armed forces of various countries in the reform of the national army.

Kliuyev added that the plans for this year include participation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 24 international exercises, six of which will be held on the territory of our country.

According to him, Ukrainian-Russian and Ukrainian-Belarusian air defense exercises are planned to be held in Ukraine.

In July, about 2 thousand troops of Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea will work out joint anti-terrorist actions within the exercise "Fairway of Peace - 2013." Kliuyev reminded that the exercises were resumed after the long break, and now are to be held the fourth year in a row.

According to the Secretary of the NSDC, the Ukrainian-American exercises "Sea Breeze – 2013” are also scheduled for July, in Odesa region. Up to 2.500 troops of Ukraine, the United States and other countries will practice anti-terrorism, anti-piracy and humanitarian operations.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine noted that each year the number of states, participating in international exercises in Ukraine, is increasing. So, around a thousand people from 19 countries may participate in the Ukrainian-American exercise "Rapid Trident - 2013", which also will be held in July at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (Yavorovskiy district, Lviv region).

The purpose of the exercise "Maple Arch 2013", to be held there in September this year, will be preparing a multi-ethnic Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian battalion for combating operations in peacekeeping operations in the city.

The NSDC secretary also added that the officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will also attend 18 multinational exercises in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, USA, Germany, France, Spain, Iceland, Poland, Slovakia and Moldova.


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