Odesa hosts the U.S.-Ukrainian Exercise Sea Breeze 2017 gathering 16 nations (31 ships and vessels, 29 aircrafts, more than 3,000 troops). This year exercise will deal with multinational security operation in crisis region. Commander of the Ukraine’s Navy Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, Head of Odesa Regional State Administration Maksym Stepanov, Head of Odesa Regional Council Anatoliy Urbanskyi, Ukrainian and U.S. co-directors of maneuvers, and maneuvers participants attended an opening ceremony. Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko stressed the importance of the exercise in view of increase of joint security capabilities in the Black Sea region, “Since 1997, these maneuvers have been assisting to achieve the NATO standards in troops training and deployment. Considering challenges and threats, experience of previous years this year we will pay attention to training of national headquarters”. The exercise will be held in Odesa and Mykolaiv oblasts till July 23.