US, Ukrainian troops participate in NATO-led 'Rapid Trident' drills

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A mixed force of Ukrainian and US infantry and military vehicles took part in the NATO-led 'Rapid Trident' drills at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre (IPSC) in Yavoriv on Friday. The soldiers involved practiced joint building clearing operations as well as battlefield medical assistance. These drills came at the explicit request of the Ukrainian government and military. 'Rapid Trident' is defined as regional command post and field training exercises, aimed at improving the ability of Ukraine, US and NATO member nations to operate together effectively. This year, up to 18 countries are taking part in the exercise, which began on July 20 and runs until July 31, with a total of approximately 1,800 personnel expected to be involved. On Friday, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner confirmed the US will continue training Ukrainian security forces this autumn. The new program will bring the total amount the US has committed to Ukraine in security assistance sinсe 2014 to over $244 million (€222 million).