Rapid Trident 2021 maneuvers in the Lviv region of Ukraine started on Monday with the participation of six thousand soldiers from 15 countries, including Poland and the USA. The main purpose of the exercises is to prepare for joint actions as part of multinational forces during coalition operations, the press service of the Ukrainian land forces reported.
General Władysław Kłoczkow, who is leading the Rapid Trident 2021 maneuvers in Ukraine, expressed the conviction that they are “not only the next stage in the improvement of military art”, but also “an important step on the road to Ukraine’s Euro-integration”. “The operational capabilities of our troops will increase, the level of interoperability between divisions and staffs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the USA and NATO partners will improve,” he stressed.
As he added, the Ukrainian military “who for the eighth year in a row have been stopping Russian aggression, will share with foreign colleagues their unique combat experience gained in the fighting in the Donbas” – reads the statement of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense
The Ukrainian Pravda portal, citing the press services of the Ukrainian land forces, said that the maneuvers would include tactical exercises of a multinational battalion with combat shooting. During the exercises, a joint landing of Ukrainian and American paratroopers from the American S-130 military transport aircraft is also planned.
Soldiers from 15 countries, including Poland
The military of 15 countries and representatives of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade take part in the Ukrainian-American command and staff maneuvers. The exercises are attended by troops from Ukraine, the USA, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Moldova, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Great Britain.
The exercises, which were opened on Monday at the International Center for Peace and Security Operations in the Lviv region, will last until October 1.
Main photo source: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine