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DONETSK, Ukraine, September 28 (Itar-Tass) — Donbass (Donetsk Coal Fields)-Antiterror-2011 joint exercises of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) begin here on Wednesday.
The security services of Ukraine and other CIS countries are to drill actions to ensure the safety of facilities that presuppose the presence of large crowds of people.
Special attention is to be devoted to the protection of stadiums in view of the approaching European soccer championship which will be held in Ukraine and Poland in 2012.
The two-day exercises have been organized jointly by the CIS Anti-Terrorist Center (ATC) and the Security Service of Ukraine. The exercises will involve representatives of eleven CIS countries, as well as those from the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and Interpol. The anti-terror exercises held on the eveof the Euro-2012 will be watched, in particular, by Ronald Noble, Secretary General of the International Organization of Criminal Police.
On the first day of the exercises in Donetsk, representatives of security services and anti-terrorist units will hold a joint command staff training session, an official in the ATC press bureau has told Itar-Tass.
On Thursday, the main developments will unfold at the new stadium Donbass-Arena where the personnel of the Ukrainian Alpha will drill actions to free hostages and neutralize terrorists. Ukraine's Ministries of the Interior and Emergencies will also practice measures to ensure the public order and eliminate the aftermath of an emergency.