The Ukrainian military announced on Saturday that it will conduct joint military exercises with NATO forces as violent conflicts with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country escalate later this year.
The armed forces said in a statement on Facebook that they will conduct exercises with more than 1,000 military personnel from at least five NATO member states within a few months.
The statement said: “In particular, a defensive action will be taken and then an offensive will be taken to restore the national borders and territorial integrity of a country that has been invaded by one of its hostile neighboring countries.” Refer to Russia.
The exact date of the exercise was not provided.
Moscow preemptively condemned any potential deployment of NATO to Ukraine, warning that it would increase pressure on the border between the two countries.
However, as Russia builds up military forces on the side of the separation wall, pressure on the border has increased. In eastern Ukraine, fighting by separatists supported by Moscow has also increased, which indicates the possible end of the ceasefire in the Donetsk region.
The Ukrainian parliament issued a statement this week announcing an “escalation”
Ukraine, which represents NATO’s frontline opposition to Russia’s expansion in Eastern Europe, urged Western governments to “continue and increase international political and economic pressure on Russia.”