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 Poroshenko asks parliament to allow foreign military units to Ukraine

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Poroshenko proposes the Verkhovna Rada to approve the admission of units of the armed forces of other states into the territory of Ukraine in 2015 to participate in the multinational exercises.

The corresponding bill is registered in the parliament on March 6, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

The text of the bill is not provided.

On Feb. 20, 2015 acting speaker of the Ukraine's armed forces General Staff Vladyslav Selezniov unveiled the schedule for multinational exercises in Ukraine and abroad, approved by decision of the National Security Council for the current year.

"The armed forces are to participate in 11 multinational exercises, four of them to be held on the territory of Ukraine and seven abroad," he said at a briefing in Kyiv.

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In the territory of Ukraine, Ukrainian-American staff exercises "Sea Breeze 2015" will be held for 25 days in the Black Sea area in army ranges, military airfields, and seaports of the Odesa, Mykolaiv and Kherson regions. They will be attended by up to 2,500 soldiers, with Ukraine's armed forces represented by up to 1,000 servicemen, nine ships, eight helicopters and planes, 50 units of wheeled equipment. The United States will be represented by up to 1,000 soldiers, five ships, two submarines and 40 units of wheeled equipment. NATO member states and countries participating in the "Partnership for Peace" program will be represented by up to 500 troops, six ships, three submarines, six helicopters and planes, and 10 units of wheeled equipment.

In addition, Rapid Trident training (up to 25 days) will take place in the Lviv region this year. It will be attended by up to 2,000 servicemen: up to 1,000 from Ukraine, 500 from the U.S., and 600 from NATO member states and countries participating in the "Partnership for Peace" program.

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Ukraine-Poland aviation units training "Safe Skies 2015" (14 days) will be held in the air and on the airfields of the Ukrainian armed forces. They will be attended by up to 350 military personnel, including 250 Ukrainian servicemen, up to 10 planes and one helicopter, as well as by up to 100 soldiers and eight airplanes from Poland.

Ukrainian soldiers are also scheduled to participate in the Ukraine-Poland training "Law and Order 2015" (up to seven days). It will also be held in the Lviv region and will be attended by up to 100 people.

Multinational exercises are traditionally held in the territory of Ukraine. The consent of the Verkhovna Rada is required for the admission of the armed forces of other states. The corresponding bill has been introduced to the parliament by the president.

 
 
 
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