The armies of the USA, Canada, Great Britain are mastering the theater of military operations
NATO continues to develop the territory of Ukraine militarily. The Russian Foreign Ministry counted at least ten objects in the “Square” where NATO members are present. The electronic edition “Army Standard” wrote about where the objects are located and what they do.
So far, the Ukrainian constitution prohibits the deployment of foreign military bases on its territory. But Kiev has learned to bypass this ban. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine annually approves the president's decision on the admission of units of the armed forces of other states to the territory of the country to participate in multinational exercises.
Considering that the duration of such exercises is 365 days a year and that there are several dozen such exercises, foreign military personnel do not leave the territory of Ukraine all year round. Only on formal grounds, foreign military formations do not fit the definition of a “military base”, but in fact they are.
The publication suggested the existence of secret bilateral agreements between Ukraine with Great Britain, Canada and the United States on the presence of foreign military units in Ukraine in excess of annual quotas for participation in multinational exercises.
According to the newspaper, “all of Ukraine has been turned into one large military training ground.” Approximately 25 international exercises and drills are held each year, involving about 6,000 NATO soldiers, including 3,500 Americans.
This number does not yet include numerous military delegations, missions and instructors. who regularly attend military universities: National Defense University (Kiev), the Academy of the Ground Forces named after Hetman Petr Sagaidachny (Lviv), the interspecific Military Academy (Odessa).
Foreign troops are “smeared” across Ukraine, like butter on a sandwich, the newspaper writes. For example, in April 2021, the Canadian television channel CBC News reported that there were about 200 Canadian military personnel in Ukraine who were assigned to a “training mission.” “They are scattered in various places in Central and Western Ukraine, with the bulk of the contingent being in Yavorov, near the Polish border.”
Foreign servicemen regularly visit the Transcarpathian, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lvov and Chernivtsi regions. The American, British and Canadian military work in the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security (Lviv region), in the 235th interspecific training center for military units and subunits “Shiroky Lan” (the village of Mikhailovka, Mykolaiv region), as well as at 233rd, 241- m and 242th combined-arms training grounds in Rivne, Kherson and Chernigov regions.
The 235th Center was built according to NATO standards. In March 2021, the 57th separate motorized infantry brigade of the ground forces of Ukraine began training here for the first time under the supervision of NATO instructors. Barracks-hostels and other facilities for comfortable accommodation of personnel have been built at the test site.
The expenses for the material and technical support of their troops in Ukraine are fully covered by the United States and Great Britain. The main item of their expenses is the purchase of fuel and lubricants. Agreements are being concluded for the arrangement of infrastructure and logistics facilities – barracks, warehouses, storage areas for equipment and weapons.
In the future, they can become strongholds for the deployment of military units and formations of foreign armies.
Foreign military contingent and civilian personnel serving it can come and stay in Ukraine with their households.
Under the guise of exercises, US military transport and military aircraft are developing military and civilian airfields in Ukraine. C-130 “Hercules” regularly deliver military supplies to Kiev, Lvov, Odessa and other cities of Ukraine.
US and NATO tactical aviation is developing airfields in Odessa (“Shkolny”), Kherson (“Chernobaevka”), Nikolaev “Kulbakino”).
American and British aircraft use the Ozernoye military airfield 11 kilometers from Zhitomir. Nearby there is a large storage base for military equipment, an arsenal of air defense weapons, and other military facilities.
Combat ships and supply vessels of the USA, Great Britain and other NATO countries regularly call at the ports of the cities of Odessa and Yuzhny (in the Ajalyk estuary). A naval base is being built in Ochakovo, 150 kilometers from the Russian Crimea.
On its territory, the 1st Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 – NMCB 1 of the US Navy (Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 – NMCB 1) carried out work on strengthening and modernization of the mooring front with American money from 2017 to 2019, construction of a shipyard with a floating dock and checkpoints with perimeter fencing. In addition, the US Naval Operations Center has been built and operates here.
Such centers are designed to provide naval capabilities in the entire range of military operations. It was such a center that the Americans were going to build earlier in Sevastopol. The Crimean Spring disrupted these plans.