During the working trip to Khmelnytskyi region, President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko visited the Joint Operational Center of the "Clean Sky - 2018" multinational exercises, in which Ukrainian military and military of the NATO member-states take part .
The training is intended to increase the level of interoperability of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the Air Forces of the US and NATO, work out effective joint management of operations in the air, work out the sharing of intelligence and surveillance capabilities, as well as cyberdefense focused on the needs of the air forces.
The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces met with Deputy Commander at United States Cyber Command, Lieutenant-General Vincent Stewart and also talked with the commanders of the brigades and other units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, National Guard of Ukraine, State Border Service of Ukraine.
"This is the largest exercise in the last four years. It involves more than fifty aircrafts from eight NATO member-states and our planes - of the Ukrainian Air Forces. The purpose of the exercises is to increase the level of interoperability of our combat aircrafts with the air forces of the United States and other member states of the Alliance," the President emphasized.
The Head of State remarked: "Five years ago our planes rusted on the ground and military pilots forgot about the sky. But today, each of you has an opportunity to see the professional skills of our pilots - soldiers, who carry out difficult tasks on an equal footing with their foreign counterparts".
"Our attack planes, our F-planes, our bombers are in full coordination with the control center, carry out combat missions together with the F-15, F-16 of the NATO members and received the highest marks from our partners. We are proud of the Ukrainian warriors," Petro Poroshenko added.
During the meeting with the military, the President noted that according to the opinion polls about citizens' attitude to the Day of the Defender of Ukraine, 62% support the introduction of a new holiday. "At first glance, not so much as it should have been. But let's not forget that this date appeared in our official calendar only four years ago. Therefore, in fact, the figure should be considered as a high indicator of people's trust in the Ukrainian Army - the Armed Forces of Ukraine. I am confident that it will continue to increase every year," the President said.
The President said that thirty-nine brigades and a number of military units of operational, logistical and technical support had already been formed. In the areas of potential threats, a grouping of forces prepared to repel aggression not only from the east, but also from the Crimean direction, from Transnistria and the north was formed, an aircraft fleet and a combat composition of anti-aircraft missile troops was increased, which allowed to strengthen the air defense of the state.