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Here Are The 200 'Sky Soldiers' The US Is Sending To Military Exercises In Ukraine

• Business Insider
The paratroopers from the 173rd, known as "Sky Soldiers," will participate in a joint military exercise, Rapid Trident, against Russia's objections.

Russia had warned against any NATO exercises in Ukraine, which is facing a Russian invasion of its eastern borders in support of pro-Moscow separatists. Although Putin's overall goal isn't clear, it appears Russian and separatist forces are marching on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol to create an overland route to Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in March.

The Sky Soldiers will participate in the Exercise Rapid Trident alongside 1,300 other soldiers from a wide swath of countries, including Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ukraine, and a host of NATO states.


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