Ukraine’s armed forces announced plans to conduct joint training drills with its NATO allies Saturday, as worry mounts over Russian troop movements on the smaller nation’s border.
More than 1,000 troops from at least five NATO member states will participate in the training later this year, The Hill reported.
The exercises, described on the Facebook page of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, will aim to support Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” in the face of “aggression from one of the hostile neighbor countries” — presumably Russia.
The announcement came less than a day after President Biden, in his first official phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, pledged his “unwavering support” to Ukraine — and as US defense officials voice increasing concern over an apparent buildup of Russian military might in Crimea.
A service dog takes part in a multinational military training exercise near Yavoriv, Ukraine, on Sept. 24, 2020. AFP via Getty Images
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