“Clear Sky-2018” multinational drills completed in Ukraine on Friday, October 19. The closing ceremony took place at military airfields in Khmelnytskyi and Vinnytsia regions. The press office of the Air Force Command of the UA Armed Forces reports.
“Clear Sky-2018” drills were held from October 8 to October 19. About 700 representatives from nine countries took part in the exercises. Among them: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Great Britain, the USA, and Ukraine.
‘During this two-week period, Ukrainian forces were focused on supporting the sovereignty of the airspace, the implementation of air transportation, the implementation of direct aviation support, the execution of search and rescue tasks, aeromedical evacuation, measures for cyber defense, command, and control of aviation and involved units,’ reads the message.
October 16, the fighter aircraft Su-27 crashed in Vinnytsia region. Later it was reported that both of the pilots of Sukhoi Su-27 fighter deceased. The search and rescue group found bodies of two servicemen. One of them was Colonel Ivan Petrenko, the Chief of Aviation of Ukraine's 'East' Air Force Command, the other one was U.S. military man.
Also, the events planned for October 18-19 at Starostyantyniv and Havryshevka airfields with the participation of the representatives of the mass media within "Clear Sky-2018" drills will not be held due to the crash.
Clear Sky 2018 is a joint and multinational exercise, where 950 officers from nine countries will take part, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the UK, and the U.S.