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Ukraine launches large-scale air exercises with NATO countries

AFP  |  Kiev 

on Monday began a series of large-scale air force exercises with the and other countries, the defence ministry said.

The "Clear Sky 2018" war games, which will run until October 19, are being held in western

Some 700 troops are taking part, half of them from member countries including the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, and

US aircraft including Eagle fighter planes and Super transport planes and drones will train with about 30 Ukrainian aircraft, the ministry said.

Polish and Romanian aircraft will fly in to work with their Ukrainian counterparts in what will be "the first time" they work together "in the air to protect the airspace," said.

The aim is "to enhance regional capabilities to secure air sovereignty and promote peace and security through cooperation," a statement said.

In recent years, concerns have risen about Russia's intentions in Ukraine, particularly after Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

and the West have accused of backing rebels in Ukraine's war-torn east and sending troops across the border, claims has repeatedly denied.

The conflict has already killed more than 10,000 people since April 2014.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 20:25 IST