The Ukrainian parliament approved a bill allowing foreign troops into the country to participate in a number of joint military exercises with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in 2015. “Armenpress” reports, citing “Interfax”, 238 deputies voted in favor of the bill. The author of the bill is the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.


Ukraine is planning to hold three joint exercises with US troops — Fearless Guardian 2015, Sea Breeze 2015 and Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident 2015, and two joint drills with Poland — Secure Skies 2015, and Law and Order 2015. The exercises will be held from November 23 to December 20. 350 American and 100 Canadian soldiers will participate in the exercises.


A number of western nations already provide Ukraine with non-lethal military aid. The US Congress has authorized President Barack Obama to send lethal aid as well, but the president has so far been reluctant to do so.


The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Poland have also expressed their intention to send military advisers to Ukraine to train local troops.


In early March, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the United States had already deployed military instructors to Ukraine for a joint training mission.