Ukraine welcomes joint military exercises with US

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300 US paratroopers are in Ukraine for joint military training exercises. Ukraine asked for the assistance to help bolster defenses against pro-Russian separatists. But Moscow charges that the exercises will destabiliize the shaky peace process. CCTV’s Kate Parkinson filed this report.

Ukraine welcomes joint military exercises with US

Ukraine welcomes joint military exercises with US

300 US paratroopers are in Ukraine for joint military training exercises. CCTV's Kate Parkinson filed this report.

Highlights:

  • The U.S. is also sending $75 million in military aid and has stopped short of offering weapons.
  • At an opening ceremony Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the training will give a new face to Ukraine’s poorly trained army which has struggled to fight off pro-Russian separatists in the east.
  • Russia warns the presence of U.S. military personnel on the ground in Ukraine, even as trainers, risks escalating the conflict further.