The Ukrainian-American Rapid Trident 2016 military exercises have begun at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center of the Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Army Academy in the Lviv region.
More than 1,800 soldiers from 14 countries are participating in the exercise, which will last until July 8th.
According to the US Army in Europe's website, "Rapid Trident is a regional command post exercise and field training exercise focused on peacekeeping and stability operations to ensure a safe and secure environment within the operating environment... Rapid Trident supports interoperability among Ukraine, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations."
In late 2015, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko approved the 2016 exercises, which in addition to Rapid Trident, also includes the Maple Arch and Sea Breeze exercises.