On Monday, April 29, military exercises under the auspices of NATO, called the Spring Storm, will begin in Estonia. More than 9,000 troops from 13 countries will take part in it, the press service of the Estonian Defense Forces reports.
The drills will last three weeks, from April 29 to May 17. The main its unit will be the 1st Infantry Brigade, and the peak intensity of the exercises will be from 2 to 10 May.
In addition to infantry, armored vehicles, tanks, German and British Eurofighters, Polish aircraft Su-22, British and American helicopters Wildcat, Apache and Pavehawk, as well as Estonian air forces and helicopters will take part in the exercises. On May 6-9, the Navy will join the exercises in three locations at once - in the Tallinn port, the county of Lääne and the port of Becker.
It is expected that in 2019, soldiers from the United States, Belgium, Georgia, Canada, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, France, Germany, Finland, Ukraine, Great Britain and Estonia will take part in the Spring Storm. The exercises will take place in the counties of Lääne-Virumaa and Ida-Virumaa, as well as in Harjumaa and Jõgevamaa.
Earlier Joint Forces of the Ukrainian military held anti-aircraft defense exercise. This is mentioned in the message of the press center of the HQ of Joint Forces Operation.
According to the information that the Joint Forces' intelligence received, last week, the Russian assault aircraft performed drills on April 13; the Russian pilots trained to hit the ground targets. The exercise took place not far from the Ukrainian border, 20 kilometers away from it.
Serhiy Nayev, the Joint Forces Operation Commander ordered the anti-aircraft drills to take place in Ukraine - as a response to the Russia-held drills. The Joint Forces' troops were represented by jet fighters, anti-aircraft defense systems S-300, Buk M-1, Osa-AKM, Strela-10, 2S6 Tunguska and ZU-23-2.