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US Army to proceed with planned exercise in Ukraine – News – Stripes

Troops on the ground.   It’s happening.

Stars and Stripes
Published: March 13, 2014
Paratroopers from Attack Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) provide security from a vehicle during a tactical control point exercise July 10, 2013, during Exercise Rapid Trident in Yavoriv, Ukraine. DANIEL COLE/U.S. ARMYBy Nancy Montgomery
VICENZA, Italy — Atlas Vision is canceled. But Rapid Trident is still a go.
The status of two annual U.S. Army Europe military exercises that were scheduled for July — one in Russia, one in western Ukraine — is being affected differently by the situation in Ukraine, which has been described as the worst crisis since the end of the Cold War. The fact that the U.S. and its allies chose to go ahead with an exercise in Ukraine while canceling the one in Russia demonstrates Western support for Kiev in its confrontation with Moscow.

On March 3, the Pentagon announced that all exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences with Russia were off.

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7 thoughts on “US Army to proceed with planned exercise in Ukraine – News – Stripes

  1. If there is some specific asset we want to secure, I understand, but having our troops drive around on random patrols just to provoke a response doesn’t make sense unless we *want* to start a fight.

    Not to mention, it would make our criticism of Russia doing the same thing even more hollow, though I think we are already maxed out on the hypocrisy of our rhetoric, so that angle probably doesn’t matter anymore.

    1. It’s a military exercise, just like the ones Russia is performing outside Ukraine, only these are inside Ukraine. At the same token, they are a further deterrent for an attack by Russia. Knowing US forces are there and attacking increases the risk for an international response if Russia does attack.

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