Poroshenko signs law allowing foreign military in Ukraine

President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko signed a law authorizing the admission of units of the armed forces of other states, including the United States, to the country in 2018 to participate in multinational drills.

Previously, Poroshenko asked the Rada to approve his decision to allow foreign troops to enter the territory of Ukraine to take part in the exercises in 2018. In particular, it is about the holding of Ukrainian-American exercises Sea Breeze-2018 and Rapid Trident-2018 this year. The Rada adopted the document on 18 January.

According to the document, within the framework of multinational drills, it is proposed to allow the admission of military units of the United States, other NATO member states (up to 3,000 servicemen with weapons and military equipment, up to six aircrafts and helicopters) for a period of 365 days in January-December 2018 in multinational exercises on the training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

It is also proposed, within the framework of the Rapid Trident-2018 drills, to allow the admission of military units of the United States, other NATO member states and the states-participants of the Partnership for Peace programme (up to 2,000 servicemen with weapons and military equipment, up to 20 aircrafts and helicopters) for up to 16 days in June-November 2018. According to the law, in 2018 it is planned to conduct multinational exercises "Light Avalanche - 2018", multinational exercises "Clear Skies - 2018" and Ukrainian-Romanian exercises "Riverian - 2018".

According to the Ukrainian legislation, the functioning of any military formations not provided for by law is prohibited on the territory of the country. Also, Ukraine does not allow the deployment of foreign military bases, therefore foreign troops are admitted to the country every time by a special law on the president's proposal.

DONi News Agency