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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukrainian-U.S. Exercise Planned




KIEV -- Ukraine and the United States plan to hold peacekeeping exercises on Ukrainian territory this summer and Russia has been asked to take part, a defense official in Kiev said Tuesday.


"The peacekeeping exercises will take place in June or July and are part of U.S.-Ukrainian defense cooperation in the spirit of NATO's Partnership for Peace program," said Dmitry Shkurko, spokesman for Ukraine's Defense Ministry.


"We have sent an invitation to the Russian Federation, but it's too early to say whether or not they will attend," Shkurko said.


"It is not a NATO-funded exercise," he said, adding all Ukraine's neighbors had been invited.


Shkurko said Russian, U.S. and Ukrainian troops held peacekeeping exercises on Ukrainian territory in 1995.


But a naval exercise in the Black Sea with Ukraine and NATO last year -- Sea Breeze '97, which involved U.S., Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Georgian and Ukrainian ships -- angered leaders at the Kremlin.