Today, 2 October, the two-week international military exercises “Maple Arch-2018” began at the training center near Nemencine (Republic of Lithuania).
Notable, that military exercises are held with the participation of the LitPolUkrBrig (an international brigade consisting of units of the Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian armies), the battalion headquarters of the 80th Separate Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the headquarters of other national military units from Lithuania and Poland under the guidance of Canadian instructors.
The “Maple Arch” maneuvers are 11-day annual command and personnel exercises traditionally involving military personnel from Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine. But the format of the exercises this year has somewhat expanded: they cover more than 300 participants from 8 countries: Canada, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Montenegro, Romania and Turkey. Macedonia is represented as an observer.
According to Colonel Dmitry Bratishko – the commander of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade named after the Great Hetman Konstantin Ostrozhsky – the exercises will verify the level of preparation of the personnel, the coordination with the battalion headquarters and will complete the training cycle of 2018.
LitPolukrbrig, as the highest headquarters, will exercise command over the maneuvering battalions from Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, and will also have the opportunity to share the experience with current participants from Georgia and Montenegro.