On August 10, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) began large-scale command and staff training throughout the country. Active training on land, sea, and in the air will last until August 13, the press service of the Ministry of Defense reported.
All types and branches of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are involved in the exercises. The combat capabilities of the joint forces, 14 military command and control bodies of the armed forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Emergency Service, and the State Special Transport Service are being built up at five combined-arms training grounds.
As the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran noted, the defense training is especially relevant, since the Ministry of Defense records the constant movements and stepping-up of units of the Russian Federation armed forces.
Right now, the Russian Federation is conducting large-scale exercises at 20 training grounds located in the Astrakhan and Rostov regions, in the Stavropol and Kuban regions, in Adygea, Dagestan, North Ossetia, Chechnya, in the annexed Crimea, and at the Russian military bases in Armenia, as well as in the self-proclaimed Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
In particular, the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania stated that during August 2-8, NATO fighters accompanied Russian military aircraft three times over the Baltic Sea. A total of 11 aircraft were detected. On August 3, six Russian aircraft were detected, and on August 5—five of them.