Back in April, the Rada approved the multinational list of joint military exercises to be held in Ukraine throughout the year. An April issue of the Army’s Narodna Armiya magazine published details of the exercises, including a sample of the modern military hardware Ukrainians will see: 60 light wheeled vehicles, 15 ships, 12 airplanes, 12 helicopters and 2 submarines. This list is far from complete, as details of the armaments and hardware are only provided for 4 of 11 exercises (see second table).
Conspicuously missing from the report are the names, dates and numbers for bilateral air defense exercises with the Rossiyska Federation. So who knows how many Russian airplanes and pilots are in Ukraine at any one time? Not to mention the 25,000 service men of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and its 388 maritime vessels (including 14 submarines).
|2008 months||Country||Exercise||# Foreign troops, days|
|May-July||Belgium||tactical||300, 20 days|
|July||US||Sea Breeze||1,000, 25|
|July-Sept.||US||Combined Effort (aviation)||100, 14|
|Aug.-Sept.||US||Rapid Trident (command)||750, 15|
|Aug.-Sept.||Slovakia||Slavs for Peace||30, 7|
|Sept.-Nov.||Poland, Canada, Lithuania||Maple Arch||350, 25|
|Exercise name||Foreign troops (#)||Military Hardware|
40 vehicles, 15 ships, 2 submarines, 4 airplanes, 4 helicopters
|Combined Effort||100||10 vehicles, 4 airplanes, 2 helicopters|
|Rapid Trident||750||10 vehicles, 2 airplanes, 2 helicopters|
|Sofex||300||2 airplanes, 4 helicopters|