A column of destroyed Ukrainian military vehicles remain near the village of Novokaterynivka, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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As fighting between the army and Russian-backed rebels rages in eastern Ukraine, preparations are under way near its western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies.In addition to staging air force exercises, the United States is moving tanks and 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for joint maneuvers in October, replacing a more lightly armed force of paratroopers.But Rapid Trident will entail the first significant deployment of U.S. and other personnel to Ukraine since the crisis erupted.While it involves many NATO members as well as countries such as Ukraine, who are part of NATO's broader "Partnership for Peace," the exercise is not formally a NATO drill.
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