The International Maple Arch 2016 exercise kicked off in Lviv on Monday, reported by the press-service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Maple Arch 2016 exercise involves more than 200 soldiers from Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Canada. The military maneuvers will last about two weeks.
Ukrainian soldiers have valuable combat experience in the ATO area, according to the Ukrainian co-director of the exercise Ihor Skybyuk.
“Maple Arch 2016 multinational exercise strengthens cooperation and interaction with Polish, Lithuanian, and Canadian Armed Forces. Ukrainian soldiers have valuable combat experience and are ready to share it with military partners. I am sure the joint efforts will be efficient and successful,” Lt.Col. Ihor Skybyuk, Ukrainian co-director of the exercise, stressed.
“Ongoing global situation and situation in eastern Europe requires these exercises, as national security can be ensured thanks to participation in collective security. Trained, combat-ready military component is the most important condition to observe international law and execute international treaties. Participation in Maple Arch contributes to formation of guarantees and hence we demonstrate our readiness to respond to crisis, hybrid threats, train multinational components and national elements of defence system,” Col. Volodymyr Shvorak, Commander of 80th separate assault airborne brigade participating in this exercise, said.