Ukraine: Daily Briefing – September 22, 2017, 4 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
September 22, 2017, 4 PM Kyiv time
Camouflaged armored personnel carrier moves into position during field training exercise, Exercise Rapid Trident 17. Photo – US Army Europe

1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded in action. Towards Donetsk, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka and Mayorsk. Towards Mariupol, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions on the Pavlopil-Shyorkyne line. Towards Luhansk, Russian-terrorist forces shelled Ukrainian positions at Krymske with mortars. Near Stanytsia Luhanska, Russian-terrorist forces fired on Ukrainian positions.
2. Ukraine’s President meets with US President
photo – Ukraine’s Presidential Administration

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko met with US President Donald Trump on September 21. Poroshenko stated following the meeting that Ukraine and the US “have a common vision of the security cooperation between the two countries,” Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported.
           Poroshenko stated, “We have discussed in details all the directions of expanding this cooperation, from military education institutions to the U.S. Department of Defense and other institutions. I can say that the meeting, which lasted one hour, was extremely productive. […] As President, I am very satisfied with the current unprecedented level of cooperation between Ukraine and USA.”
3. Ukraine’s President travels to Canada
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko begins a working visit to Canada today. The Presidential Administration stated, “The President will meet with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Canadian MPs and business representatives. The Head of State will take part in the festive ceremony of opening the Invictus Games where the national Ukrainian team will participate for the first time. The Head of State will also meet with representatives of the Ukrainian organizations in Canada.”
4. Exercise Rapid Trident 17 continues in Ukraine
To view video of training exercises during Exercise Rapid Trident 17, please click on image above
To view video of training exercises during Exercise Rapid Trident 17, please click on image above
US Army Europe reported, “Bunkered in defensive fighting positions, Ukrainian soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 95th Airmobile Brigade and the 1st Mechanized Battalion, 30th Mechanized Brigade grasped their weapons to engage ‘enemy’ forces during a field training exercise in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 19, 2017.
           Throughout the firefight, team leaders could be heard yelling over the sound of the semi-automatic weapons being fired as opposition forces, represented by Moldovan soldiers, attempted to weaken the Ukrainians’ strategic defensive positions.
           ‘Essentially, the Ukrainian units were in an area-defensive position that they dug in over a 48-hour period,’ said Capt. Andre Aleong, an Observer-Controller-Trainer with 7th Army Training Command’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center. ‘They had excellent camouflage over their vehicle-fighting position with a purpose to execute an area defense that transitioned to a counterattack.’
           This portion of Rapid Trident 17 incorporated several Partnership for Peace nations to help train commanders, staffs and individual units on basic-, intermediate- and advanced-level warfare tactics.
           Executing several tactics, techniques and procedures during the culminating event for Rapid Trident, the objective for this FTX was to focus on defensive operations, and to validate training for units attending the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine program and the development of the Yavoriv Combat Training Center.
           ‘The training that we’re doing here at JMTG-U is really applicable in any theater and any situation they may deploy their forces in,’ said Col. David Jordan, commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the JMTG-U program.                   ‘The fact that they’re taking on an exercise of this scale while they’re modernizing their entire military structure and dealing with an active conflict on their own Eastern border is really quite impressive.’
            Fourteen nations deployed soldiers to the International Peacekeeping Security Centre in support of Rapid Trident to build on combined training opportunities, promote regional security and foster trust amongst participating armed forces. This annual training exercise also provides a persistent presence of collective combat capabilities to strengthen international operations, deter potential threats and respond to any regional aggression. […]
           As command teams, staff members and soldiers share experiences, ideas and procedures, they have the opportunity to become more capable and interoperable, to develop trusted relationships, and to achieve common goals of security, stability, and peace.”

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