National Guard, U.S. military exercises in Lvov mean integration in the world's biggest defense structure, says Poroshenko

A large-scale international military exercise involving U.S. instructors will be conducted on the Yavor training area in the Lvov region of Ukraine in April, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

A large-scale international military exercise involving U.S. instructors will be conducted on the Yavor training area in the Lvov region of Ukraine in April, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

"The large-scale international military exercise involving U.S. instructors, which will begin on the Yavor training area in April, will be an important stage. It means integration in the world's largest defense structure," Poroshenko said at a graduation ceremony conducted in the National Academy of the Ukrainian National Guard in Kharkov on Thursday.

Poroshenko reiterated that a lot of work was done before the agreements to conduct this training exercise was reached.

"It was not easy to convince that the best specialists in the world should train you, the best warriors in the world, on Ukrainian soil," Poroshenko said.

According to earlier reports, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada to admit foreign servicemen for multinational exercises in Ukraine in 2015.

In keeping with the scheduled of the exercises, the Yavor district in Lvov region will host the Ukrainian-U.S. Fearless Guardian 2015 drills March through November 2015. Up to 2,200 servicemen with weapons and military hardware are to participate: up to 200 men from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, up to 1,000 men from the National Guard of Ukraine, and up to 1,000 men from the U.S. Armed Forces.

From July to October 2015, the international center for peacekeeping and security in Yavoriv district in Lvov region will host the Ukrainian-U.S. Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident 2015 exercises. The total number of participants will be up to 2,100 servicemen with weapons and military hardware. Namely, there will be up to 1,000 men from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, up to 500 men from the U.S. Armed Forces, and up to 600 from NATO member states and countries participating in the Partnership for Peace program.

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