Published on Sep 7, 2015
Nearly 300 American soldiers and 900 Ukrainian troops are taking part in the drills held in the city of Yavoriv near the Polish border. The six-month drills dubbed ‘Operation Fearless Guardian’ are seen as the first long-term US training program for Ukrainian forces. Moscow, which has been critical of NATO and US growing military activities in Eastern Europe, has said the drills pose a threat to the peace process in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russian forces have also held aviation drills in the southern Astrakhan region.