The Ukrainian-Polish-British military exercise Cossack Steppe culminated on May 27 at Britain’s Stanford Training Area near Norfolk. Some 200 crack troops of the three countries staged a offensive operation–capture of a fortified village–as part of an intensive tactical training program. This final phase had been preceded by practice of air drops and fighting in built-up areas. Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Ivan Bihzan joined Defense Ministers Janusz Onyszkiewicz of Poland and George Robertson of Britain in observing the exercise, whose significance Robertson described as “historic.” (M2 Communications, May 27)
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