Ukraine: Rapid Trident 2021 exercises kick-off Sept 20th

Rapid Trident 21, a military exercise set to kick off in Yavoriv, Ukraine, on September 20th, will focus on ensuring the U.S. Army, Ukraine, and other allies and partners are interoperable and able to respond to crises.

The two-week exercise at the International Peacekeeping Security Centre is led by Ukraine with participation from U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

“The purpose of the exercise is to train combat credible Army forces in Europe, enhance readiness and build interoperability through a brigade-level computer-assisted exercise with platoon-level maneuver training,” a U.S. Army Europe and Africa statement read.

The exercise will also combine a brigade-level field training exercise with security and stability operations, the statement added.

Roughly 6,000 service members from 12 allied and partner nations will come together, including the Washington Army National Guard’s 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, which has been supporting the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine since April.

The US Congress is keen to support Ukraine as the country tries to fill an air and missile defence capability, and lawmakers want to know how the Pentagon can help the ally.

The House Armed Services Committee, in its markup of the fiscal 2022 defence policy bill, said the U.S. “remains a steadfast partner of Ukraine and it is in the United States national security interest [to] assist the Government of Ukraine in countering Russian military aggression.”

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