In particular, Ukrainian and Polish pilots are improving their skills by practicing air defense of critical state facilities, Censor.NET reports citing Defense Ministry press service.
"Air Force and antiaircraft units are jointly performing air defense tasks, including combating aircraft that could possibly be used in terrorist attacks against civilians and infrastructure objects. The pilots are also practicing combat air patrol as well as interaction between the commands of the two countries. The exercise involves six fighter and transport aircraft and helicopters of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and a transport aircraft C-295 of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland," the statement notes.
At the same time, Ukraine's frigate Hetman Sahaidachnyi took part in PASSEX joint exercise along with U.S., Bulgarian, Romanian, and Turkish ships.
The participants practiced interoperability of multinational tactical units in compliance with NATO standards. The Ukrainian ship along with other countries' battle ships sailed in formation, performed air defense, searching, and antisubmarine drills.
This is the third PASSEX exercise in the Black Sea with the participation of the Ukrainian ship.
"There should be consistency in maintaining stability in the Black Sea region, which, unfortunately, was lost in spring 2014 due to Russia's occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. Therefore, it is difficult to overestimate the importance of such joint exercises as Sea Breeze and PASSEX," Commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Vice Admiral Serhii Haiduk said.