Saber-Guardian-12-Nation-Joint-Military-Exercise-Underway-in-BulgariaTwelve nations are participating in the joint military exercise being carried out currently in Bulgaria, on the east coast of the Black Sea, around 420 kilometers (260 miles) from Crimea. The exercise, called Saber Guard, is being hosted by U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) and the Bulgarian Land Forces. Fifteen Ukrainian staff officers and several NATO representatives will also be taking part in the exercise. The exercise, aimed at senior-level staff, includes operations for peace support and humanitarian assistance, according to U.S. Army Europe spokesman Jesse Granger. The movement of military units in operation exercises will be simulated by computers. On a broader level, Saber Guard is designed as a means to strengthen partnership, trust and interoperability between the multinational coalition. Saber Guard will involve around 700 troops from the twelve participating nations, which include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and the U.S., in addition to Ukraine and host Bulgaria. MORE