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Poroshenko names Ukrainian-U.S. exercises in Lviv unique

President Petro Poroshenko took part in the opening ceremony of the Ukrainian-American Command Post Exercise "Fearless Guardian 2015", which began at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in the Lviv region.

Poroshenko names Ukrainian-U.S. exercises in Lviv unique

The head of state called the exercises a new stage in cooperation between Ukraine and the United States, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the press service of the head of state.

"It is the first Ukrainian-American event of such level, which indicates the transition of bilateral military cooperation to a new practical dimension," said the head of state.

Poroshenko said that the joint military exercises of such scale were held in Ukraine for the first time. "The training is being held under unique circumstances. The foreign state has unleashed a full-scale aggression and a multi-level hybrid war against Ukraine on the eastern border of our country," said the President.

According to him, this war is waged not only against Ukraine. "It is a war not only for the independence of Ukraine, but also for the freedom and democracy of Europe and the world. This war will decide whether the rules of the international law will be efficient in the world, whether the borders will be inviolable and integral, whether one can apply force without a reason and without being punished," said the President.

In two languages – Ukrainian and English – Poroshenko cited the words of Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO in 1997-2000 Wesley Clark in two languages: "Ukrainian troops of March 2014 and of March 2015 are completely different stories".

"We have a lot of things to be proud of, but we have a lot of things to study as well. It is not an exaggeration to say that a new face of Ukrainian troops is being formed here today," said the head of state.

Earlier, we reported that Command Post Ukrainian-American exercises start today at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center of the Army Academy named after Hetman Petro Sahaidachny in the Yavoriv district of the Lviv region.