The Russianmedia have been full of reports of the joint US-Ukrainian militaryexercises in the Mykolayiv region. Russian television had featureda report on pro-Moscow pickets chanting "Yankee Go Home"when the American troops first landed. Later reports on NTV July28 suggested that Russian observers at the exercises were impressedby how the Americans operated "calmly and smoothly, withoutmuch talk." But on July 29. Interfax reported with obviousrelief that the exercises had concluded on that date, and thatthey had been about "neutralizing" extremist groupsrather than repelling an invader.
Kuchma Pledges Ukrainian Peacekeepers for Karabakh.