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Troops, tanks and armoured fighting vehicles to be sent to Europe in one of the biggest deployments since Cold War

Around 8,000 British soldiers will be sent to Eastern Europe to participate in military exercises to counter Russian aggression.

This deployment, which is the largest since the Cold War, will see troops deployed in countries from North Macedonia to Finland.

Plans that were bolstered after the war in Ukraine began include the dispatch of more than 100 tanks and dozens of armoured fighting vehicle to these locations this summer.



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Tens of thousands of troops will join the armed forces from NATO and Joint Expeditionary Force allies. These include Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Norway.

According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the exercises will enhance the cooperation between UK and Finnish troops, and “deter Russian aggression in Scandinavian and Baltic states”.


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Defense Secretary Ben Wallace stated that the move would show “solidarity” and “strength”.

“The security and stability of Europe is more important than ever. He stated that these exercises will see our troops joining forces with allies from NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force to show solidarity and strength in one the largest joint deployments since the Cold War.

“Operating throughout Europe, the British Army is there to stand beside partners, combining their capabilities and sharing values, and promoting peace and safety.”

Image Some exercises will involve parachute drops and helicopter-borne air attacks Challenger 2 tanks

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Expect the UK to increase its presence in mainland Europe to around 8,000 personnel between April and June.

Parachute drops and helicopter-borne air attacks Challenger 2 tanks are some of the planned exercises.

The drills are intended to “showcase” the importance of the British Army’s contribution in Europe defense, the MoD stated.

Image For the exercises, a number of tanks and armored vehicles are being sent to Europe.

Colonel Field Army Lieutenant General Ralph Wooddisse explained that the UK contributes significantly to Europe’s defense and deterrence against Russian aggression. Both are fundamentally influenced by the British Army’s series exercises.

“The size of the deployment combined with the professionalism, training, and agility of British Army will deter aggression at an unprecedented scale in Europe this century.”

In Poland, there are also exercises with American troops.

The West is trying to show that it supports Ukraine.



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According to the Ministry of Defence, this is the largest military deployment since the Cold War. They are clear that it is about showing solidarity strength and strength.

These exercises are meant to deter Russian aggression and to discourage Vladimir Putin from launching a new conflict.

According to our understanding, the UK’s military exercises will reach their peak in June with approximately 8,000 British soldiers involved.

If you add all the troops from NATO and Joint Expeditionary Force countries, we can see that there are tens to thousands of personnel in the armed forces.

This is because Joe Biden asked Congress for $33bn (PS27bn), for military, economic and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

As the conflict enters its third-month mark, Western powers are trying to show that they still support them.


After meeting between Zelenskyy, UN secretary-general , Ukrainian capital is under attack

The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv continues to be under attack, with at least one person being killed and many others injured in a strike that took place on Thursday night.

Officials from rescue said that some civilians were trapped under rubble following the Russian attack. This occurred shortly after an meeting between Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

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Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated that the Shevchenkivskyi area, located in the northwest part of the city was twice hit, causing fires at least in two high-rise buildings.

Also, explosions were reported in Chernihiv (near the border with Belarus) and Fastiv (in the central part).

Ukrainian authorities reported that Russia was also firing on the Donbas, an area in the east that is Russia’s main target.

A Ukrainian military official stated that Russian forces continued their second phase of invasion earlier on Thursday.


Second Briton to die in Ukraine while serving as a British soldier.

This is after a British veteran of the military was said to have been killed while fighting Russian forces in Ukraine.

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Briton is killed in Ukraine

Tributes were paid to Scott Sibley, a 36-year-old British national who was the first to die in wartime.

Sky News chose not to identify the second British man who was reported to be missing in Ukraine, having traveled to Ukraine to fight.

The Ukrainian government encouraged volunteers from all over the globe to help its armed forces fight Russia’s invasion at the start of the war.

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