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Americans roll out Ukrainian tanks for Combined Resolve exercise

An American soldier supervises the loading of a Ukrainian T-64 tank onto a British Heavy Equipment Transporter at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Tuesday, May 23. The tanks are being transported to Hohenfels, Germany, to take part in Exercise Combined Resolve.

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By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 23, 2017

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — American soldiers on Tuesday used British Army equipment to transport Ukrainian T-64 tanks from here to Hohenfels in preparation for a Ukrainian tank platoon’s participation in Exercise Combined Resolve.

Ukrainian troops recently took part in the Strong Europe Tank challenge, during which they were they first soldiers ever to fire a T-64 tank on base here. Since arriving at the American base, the Ukrainian tankers have had time to learn from the tank crews of allied and partner nations here.

“These exercises bring something new to our crews,” said Capt. Roman Bahaiev, the Ukrainian tank platoon commander. “(The Ukrainian tankers) gained a lot of knowledge and experience, here that they will be able to show in the future.”

Combined Resolve, which runs from April 19 to June 16, tests U.S. Army Europe’s rotational force in a large-scale exercise alongside 10 allied and partner nations. After completing the training, the Ukrainian tank platoon will return to Ukraine to fight Russian-backed separatists.

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A Ukrainian T-64 tank being transported in a British Heavy Equipment Transporter being driven by American soldiers at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Tuesday, May 23. A Ukrainian tank platoon will be taking part in Exercise Combined Resolve.
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