Moldovan troops have participated in exercise ‘Peace Shield 2019’ as part of their training to take part in international peacekeeping operations.
The exercise took place at the military’s training centre in Bulboaca, south of Chisinau, on 16–20 June.
The manoeuvres involved 400 troops from the Moldova, Stefan cel Mare, and Dacia brigades, as well as the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion, the Moldovan Ministry of Defence said in a 20 June press release. A platoon of 30 troops from the Romanian Army also participated in ‘Peace Shield 2019’.
According to UN statistics, as of May 2019 Moldova had deployed 11 personnel on UN peacekeeping missions: eight experts on mission and three staff officers. Moldovan peacekeepers have participated in the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
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