Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported about the arrival of additional units of the North Atlantic Alliance in Odessa to participate in the Sea Breeze 2019 exercises. The first units arrived in Odessa on the American C-130J Hercules, and the UK special marine forces arrived on British A400 Atlas jet aircraft, reports the press service of the Ukrainian military department.
The exercises Sea Breeze were initially conducted as part of the Partnership for Peace program. Since the 2000s, they were held on the territory of Ukraine. At the time when Viktor Yanukovych was Ukrainian President, the exercises were mainly attended by the United States and Georgia and starting from 2014 Western European countries began to send their units to Ukraine to participate in Sea Breeze maneuvers.