The significant military build up along Poland’s frontier with the former Soviet nation is part of a planned Nato training exercise.
Around 900 UK personnel and 350 vehicles – part of the British Army’s Lead Armoured Battle Group – crossed Europe to take part in Exercise Dragon 15 on the plains of north east Poland, just 60 miles from the border with the Russian state of Kaliningrad Oblast.
They joined 6,000 Poles, Germans and Canadians on the seven week training exercise, aimed at improving the way the allies worked together.
Britain’s war machinery took part in battle scenarios, firing rockets and shells in a simulated attack, with red tracer fire ripping through the air.
British troops fired two Javelin anti-tank missiles, which cost £100,000 each, and multi-million pound Challenger II tanks were also involved.
The war games will be seen in Moscow as a direct challenge to the Russian military, which has been flexing its muscles in Syria with a build up of troops and weaponry and an aerial bombardment campaign that has come close to wiping out ISIS in parts of the country.
Full article: War games: Britain defies Putin with deployment of 900 troops along RUSSIAN border (Express)