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    US-Ukrainian Sea Breeze Military Drills in Black Sea Involve Over 3,000 Troops

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    The Sea Breeze military drills in Ukraine's south engage over 3,000 military personnel, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The Sea Breeze military drills co-hosted by Washington and Kiev in Ukraine's southern Odessa city engage over 3,000 military personnel, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

    "Today, on July 10, the Ukrainian-US military and maritime exercises Sea Breeze-2017 were solemnly opened in Odessa… The drills are involving 31 ships, a boat and a support vessel, 29 aerial vehicles and over 3,000 of personnel," the statement read.

    The drills brought representatives of military forces from a total of 16 states to practice a multinational naval security operation in a crisis region, according to the statement.

    The press service of the Ukrainian Naval Forces reported that the drills are to be held on July 10-23 locally in the north-western part of the Black Sea in the Odessa and Mykolaiv regions.

    The Sea Breeze exercises are annual multinational drills that train maritime, air defense, anti-submarine, and search and rescue operations, with the aim to strengthen cooperation among allies so as to ensure stability in the Black Sea region.

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