31,000 troops, tanks and jets from 24 countries begin the largest war game exercise in eastern Europe since the Cold War in response to Russian aggression
- Two-week long Anaconda manoeuvres are aimed at ‘checking the alliance’s ability to defend its eastern flank’
- Britain has 1,000 troops involved with 12,000 from Poland and 14,000 from U.S while 3,000 vehicles will be used
- Move comes month ahead of NATO summit set to ensure more troop rotations in Eastern Europe member states
- Kremlin said it would set up three new divisions in the west and south by the end of the year to counter NATO forces
NATO has deployed 31,000 troops and hundreds of tanks and jets to take part in the biggest war game exercise in eastern Europe since the Cold War as it responds to Russian aggression.
The two-week long Anaconda manoeuvres, involving soldiers from 24 NATO and former-Soviet ‘Partnership for Peace’ states including Ukraine, have been held biannually across Poland since 2006.
Some 1,000 British troops will be joined by 14,000 from the U.S and 12,000 from Poland for the exercises involving around 3,000 vehicles, 105 planes and 12 naval vessels.
Some 1,000 British troops will be joined by 14,000 from the U.S and 12,000 from Poland for the exercises and pictured, U.S troops from the Pennsylvania National Guard arrive at Vilnius airport in Lithuania
U.S Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley explained the American presence ‘demonstrates that we are shoulder to shoulder with the Polish people’ and that the exercises would ‘improve our collective readiness’. Pictured, U.S Pennsylvania National Guard troops land in Lithuania
Pictured, a Polish honour guard march during the opening ceremony of the the Anaconda exercises in the Warsaw district of Rembertow
Pictured, Polish soldiers march holding the flags those countries taking part in the Anaconda exercises during the opening ceremony
Pictured, Soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the U.S Army, taking part in the NATO exercise, prepare to continue their journey in Subate, Latvia
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