US ground troops in Ukraine for military drill

The military drill near Yavoriv is taking place amid heightened tensions with Russia.

US ground troops in Ukraine for military drill

World Bulletin / News Desk

Rapid Trident military exercises involving some 1,300 personnel from 15 nations are due to begin in western Ukraine on September 15, and will last until September 26.

The drills near the city of Yavoriv will not involve the live firing of weapons, but it will mark the first presence of U.S. ground troops in Ukraine since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March.

According to Qirim News Agency, the Pentagon has said the exercise will increase the interoperability among the United States, Ukraine, and other participating nations, which include Canada, Spain and Latvia.

On September 14, Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey said unspecified NATO countries are now delivering arms to Ukraine to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A ceasefire negotiated by envoys from Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russian separatists and Europe's OSCE security watchdog has been in place in eastern Ukraine since September 5.

It is broadly holding despite regular but sporadic violations between Ukrainian troops and separatists in the east, especially in key flashpoints such as Donetsk.

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