During the working visit to Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions, President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko visited the military training ground to inspect the course of complex tactical exercises of diverse military forces in the defense of the coastal areas aimed to check the readiness of the Ukrainian army and other military formations to deflect possible Russian aggression from the Sea of Azov. After reviewing the course of training, Petro Poroshenko noted that today, the military “worked on a solid “twelve” and thanked the command and personnel of the units that participated in the exercises. The President examined the first and second stages of the military exercises, respectively – “Fight for Grounding” and “Maneuverable Defense”.
Marine detachments, coastal artillery, army aircrafts, tank units of the Naval Forces of Ukraine and the Land Forces take part in the military exercises. In close coordination with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, there are units of the National Guard of Ukraine and the State Border Service involved in the exercises. In total, 600 soldiers and 150 units of equipment take part in the exercises.
The purpose of the exercises is to test the reaction of the Ukrainian Army, Navy and other forces to the possible grounding of a hostile assault force on the coast of the Sea of Azov. The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces also conducted an operational meeting at the headquarters of the training where he heard a report by Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko and Head of the State Border Service Petro Tsyhykalo on the implementation of the tasks set by the NSDC decisions on countering the threats in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.