US Army will exercise in Ukraine this summer

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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it will participate as planned in a multinational military exercise this summer in Ukraine.

Dubbed "Rapid Trident," the ground maneuvers have been held annually for a number of years with forces from Britain and other NATO countries as well as Ukraine, which has a partner relationship with NATO but is not a member.

The Pentagon says it has no details on the number of U.S. forces expected to participate.

A spokesman, Army Col. Steven Warren, says Rapid Trident is the only Ukraine exercise the U.S. military plans to participate in this year. The exercise is intended to help the Ukrainian military improve its ability to operate with NATO forces.

Last year's Rapid Trident was held in July and lasted two weeks. Land forces from 17 countries participated.

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