Rapid Trident, the famous annual military exercise involving eight militaries across Europe and the U.S. kicked off in western Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky joined the opening ceremony, which took place at Yavoriv firing range on Thursday.
The head of the state claimed that integration with the NATO is a strategic goal of Ukraine, which is why Armed Forces need to reach and maintain compatibility with these of the Alliance.
Zelensky also added that Rapid Trident is a crucial move on the way to NATO, they are supposed to increase the efficiency of Ukrainian forces, as well as to improve the compatibility of staffs of Ukraine, U.S. and other NATO members.
The Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported that the exercises will involve 4,000 people. The most numerous contingent will be represented by Ukraine and the United States. Troops from Canada, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Romania, Lithuania and Poland.