Spooked by Russia, Poland boosts army by 50,000 men

Poland will expand its armed forces next year to 150,000 men from the current 100,000 because of security concerns, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Friday.

He did not explicitly mention Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine or the pro-Moscow revolt in the country’s east, but those events have already spooked Warsaw into bolstering its defence capabilities. Continue reading

Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine Join Forces

Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine are working to combine forces to create a united brigade. According to the Baltic Times, an agreement between the three nations for a joint military brigade successfully passed the first legislative stage in the Lithuanian Parliament.

If the legislation passes parliament, Lithuania will officially be permitted to join the brigade, called litpolukrbrig. Continue reading