Ukraine will host US-led military drills later this month as Kiev’s army fights pro-Moscow rebels in the east of the country, the Polish defence ministry said Wednesday.

The US military-led exercises, dubbed “Rapid Trident 14”, are to be held September 13-26 in western regions bordering NATO-member Poland, the ministry said in a statement.

Soldiers from fellow NATO allies Britain, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Romania and alliance partners Norway and Moldova will join US and Polish troops for the annual event in Ukraine, which is not in NATO.

“They will conduct cordon and search patrols and training missions during the first week, as well as medical evacuation and convoys and the detection and prevention of improvised explosive devices (IED),” the ministry said.

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