The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak met the commanding general of US Army Europe Ben Hodges in Poland. Also, he invited Hodges to Ukraine as the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry reported.
Poltorak congratulated Hodjes on a new award for Merit to Poland that he got from the president of Poland Andrzej Duda.
Also, the Ukrainian Minister invited the US general to take part in the celebration of the 26th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine and the military parade that will take place on August 24, in Khreshchatyk.
4,500 servicemen are to participate in the Independence Day parade, more than 1,000 of them – participants in the Donbas conflict. More than 200 soldiers participating in the parade were awarded for their exceptional bravery. NATO representatives will also join the Ukrainian soldiers in the parade. Ukraine’s Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak noted that representatives from 10 countries helping Ukraine with the military reform will attend.
Furthermore, over 70 military equipment units will be presented, 25 of which are brand new models, constructed on Ukraine’s defence industry plants.