Monday, May 23, 2011

Ukraine-Russia Fairway of Peace 2011 naval exercise starts in Sevastopol

KYIV, May 23, 2011 (UKRINFORM). The opening ceremony of the Ukrainian-Russian naval exercise Fairway of Peace 2011 was held in Sevastopol (southern Ukraine) Monday, the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported. During the exercise, the navies of Ukraine and Russia will work out joint actions during peacekeeping operations in crisis areas. The exercise involves 9 battleships, 8 boats and auxiliary vessels, 8 planes, 3 helicopters, 260 marines of Ukraine's Navy and the Russian Black Sea Fleet, as well as aircraft of the Sevastopol tactical aviation brigade of Ukraine Air Force.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has approved of the admission of units of the armed forces of foreign states to the territory of Ukraine for participation in multinational military exercises in 2011. According to the law foreign troops are allowed into Ukraine to participate in the US-Ukrainian exercises "Rapid Trident 2011" and "Sea Breeze 2011," the Ukrainian-Russian military exercise "Fairway of Peace 2011," the Ukrainian-Polish-US military exercise "Safe Sky 2011," Ukrainian-Romanian exercises, Ukrainian-Belarusian-Russian exercises, Ukrainian-Russian and Ukrainian-Belarusian exercises with the involvement of air defense forces, the "Black Sea Rotational Force 2011" multinational exercise, the "Jackal Stone 2011" multinational exercise, the "Barrier 2011" multinational exercise, and the "Cossack Steppe 2011" multinational exercise. Troops from the following countries are expected to participate in various exercises in Ukraine in 2011: Russia, the United States, Poland, Belarus, Romania, Canada, Moldova, Serbia, Great Britain, Hungary, France, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Norway.