The Defense Ministry of Ukraine has announced the start of the large-scale command and staff drills of the Armed Forces of Ukraine amid the drills of the Russian forces at the firing ranges of southern regions of Russia, as well as in occupied Crimea, Abkhazia and South Ossetia as the ministry reported.
“It is necessary to remember that on August 8, 2008, holding so-called ‘drills’, Kremlin ordered the troops to burst into Georgia. In that criminal intervention, soldiers and civilians died from the Russian occupants. Today, we have the “drills” against and we follow closely the pretext of the Russian maneuvers and concentration of hardware. Remembering for what Kremlin uses the drills, we should provide the comprehensive readiness of our defense for response of the criminal plans, and the command and staff exercises, which have started today, perform that task,” Ukraine’s Defense Minister underlined.
The command and staff drills with the command of the Joint Forces and other components of the defense forces will last until August 13, 2021.
The exercises will take place on the ground, on the sea and in the air all over Ukraine. All kinds of Ukrainian troops will participate in them.
As of now, the military capacities are built up at five firing ranges of the Joint Forces, 14 bodies of the military government of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Emergency Service and the State Special Transport Service.
On August 9, the Russian Federation commenced large-scale military training in the firing ranges in southern regions, as well as in the occupied Crimea, Abkhazia and Southern Ossetia.
As we reported, Ukrainian-American Rapid Trident – 2021 command and staff drills will take place from September 20 until October 1 in Ukraine. 15 countries will participate in it.