Troops on the ground. It’s happening. Stars and Stripes Published: March 13, 2014 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.