Ukraine and the United States launched joint naval exercises “Sea Breeze drills” in the Black Sea in a show of Western cooperation with Kiev as it faces off with Russia. The drills come just days after the British navy’s HMS Defender passed near Russian-annexed Crimea in the Black Sea, with Moscow saying it fired warning shots at the destroyer to ward it off.
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The drills, led by the U.S. and Ukraine, will continue through July 10, according to a Navy news release.
.@PentagonPresSec: On Monday, U.S. Navy Europe and the Ukrainian navy kicked off Sea Breeze 2021 in the Black Sea with the largest number of participants in the exercise’s 21 iterations. pic.twitter.com/ClVSDRAcD2— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) June 29, 2021
The Sea Breeze drills — which have taken place 21 times since 1997 — will involve some 5,000 military personnel from more than 30 countries.The exercises will last two weeks and involve around 30 ships, including the missile destroyer USS Ross.
Ukrainian navy commander Oleksiy Neizhpapa said during an opening ceremony in Odessa that the exercises would send a “powerful message to maintain stability and peace in our region.”
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- Ukraine President – Volodymyr Zelensky
- Ukraine Prime Minister – Denys Shmyhal
- Ukraine Capital amd largest city- Kyiv
- Ukraine Currency – Ukrainian hryvnia
- Ukraine shares borders with Belarus to the north; Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west; Romania and Moldova to the south; and has a coastline along the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.
- US Capital – Washington, D.C.
- US President – Joe Biden
- US Currency – United States Dollar
- US borders Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.