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Ukraine: US and Ukrainian troops train on final day of NATO's Rapid Trident drills01:26

Ukraine: US and Ukrainian troops train on final day of NATO's Rapid Trident drills

Ukraine, Yovoriv
July 31, 2015 at 19:33 GMT -00:00 · Published

Soldiers from the US and Ukrainian armies took part in combined drills outside the Ukrainian city of Yovoriv, Friday, as part of NATO’s Rapid Trident training exercises that brings 1,800 soldiers from 18 different nations onto Ukrainian soil.

The last day of the Rapid Trident drills saw US and Ukrainian troops interacting in mock battlefield manoeuvres, simulating combat exercises, with the use of armoured personnel carriers.

'Rapid Trident' is defined a as a regional command post and field training exercises, aimed to improve the ability to operate together effectively among Ukraine, US and NATO member nations. This year, up to 18 countries are taking part in the exercise which began on July 20 and runs until July 31, with a total of approximately 1,800 personnel expected to be involved.

On Friday, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner confirmed that the US will continue training Ukrainian security forces this autumn. The new programme will bring the total amount that the US has committed to Ukraine in security assistance sine 2014 to over $244 million (€222 million).

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Soldiers from the US and Ukrainian armies took part in combined drills outside the Ukrainian city of Yovoriv, Friday, as part of NATO’s Rapid Trident training exercises that brings 1,800 soldiers from 18 different nations onto Ukrainian soil.

The last day of the Rapid Trident drills saw US and Ukrainian troops interacting in mock battlefield manoeuvres, simulating combat exercises, with the use of armoured personnel carriers.

'Rapid Trident' is defined a as a regional command post and field training exercises, aimed to improve the ability to operate together effectively among Ukraine, US and NATO member nations. This year, up to 18 countries are taking part in the exercise which began on July 20 and runs until July 31, with a total of approximately 1,800 personnel expected to be involved.

On Friday, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner confirmed that the US will continue training Ukrainian security forces this autumn. The new programme will bring the total amount that the US has committed to Ukraine in security assistance sine 2014 to over $244 million (€222 million).

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