News ID: 232473
Published: 0444 GMT October 08, 2018

Ukraine launches large-scale air exercises with NATO countries

Ukraine launches large-scale air exercises with NATO countries

Ukraine has begun a series of large-scale air force exercises with the United States and other NATO countries, the Defense Ministry says.

The "Clear Sky 2018" war games, which will run until October 19, are being held in western Ukraine.

Some 700 troops are taking part, half of them from NATO member countries, including the US, Britain, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania, Presstv Reported.

US aircraft, including F-15C Eagle fighter planes and C-130J Super Hercules military transport planes and drones, will train with about 30 Ukrainian aircraft, the ministry said.

Polish and Romanian aircraft will fly in to work with their Ukrainian counterparts in what will be "the first time" they work together "in the air to protect the airspace," Ukraine air force spokesman Yuriy Ignat said.

The aim is "to enhance regional capabilities to secure air sovereignty and promote peace and security through cooperation," a US Air Force statement said.

 
   
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