Lithuania on Tuesday opened a fake town featuring a school, sports stadium and shopping mall to practice urban warfare amid concerns over a militarily resurgent Russia next door.
The first such training centre in the Baltic states, it will allow Lithuanian troops and their NATO allies to learn how to storm and protect buildings and use tunnels.
Spread across the equivalent of 20 football pitches — or 15 hectares (37 acres) — the complex has more than two dozen buildings, including a church and a police station, among others.
Alarmed by the Russian intervention in Ukraine and a series of snap drills in the region, Lithuania has increased its defence budget by about a third every year since 2014.
In an opinion poll last week, 60 percent of respondents in the nation of three million people said they believed Russia’s foreign policy presented a threat to Lithuanian security.
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