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US Launches Biggest Allied Airborne Drills Since Cold War






BRUSSELS — The United States said Tuesday it has launched the biggest allied airborne drills in Europe since the Cold War ended, as fighting involving pro-Russian separatists escalated in eastern Ukraine.

Nearly 5,000 soldiers from 11 NATO nations are taking part in four weeks of "simultaneous multinational airborne operations" across Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania that began in Saturday, the US Army said in a statement.

"Swift Response 15 is the largest Allied airborne training event on the continent since the end of the Cold War," according to the statement from the US Army in Grafenwohr in southern Germany.

It is designed to help allied "high-readiness forces" act as one and "demonstrate the alliance's capacity to rapidly deploy and operate in support of maintaining a strong and secure Europe," it said.

The statement made no reference to the crisis in Ukraine where government troops have been fighting pro-Russian separatists since April last year, which has claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 people.

While the conflict eased after a truce in February, fighting has escalated in recent days.

The fighting has stirred the highest tensions since the Cold War ended more than two decades ago as the West accuses Russia of not only arming the rebels but sending in troops to support them. Moscow denies the charges.

NATO, a 28-country alliance led by the United States, last week defended the number of military exercises it has staged as a response to "growing Russian aggression" and refuted suggestions that they were helping make war in Europe more likely.

The US Army said the highlight of the drills will take place on Aug. 26 when allied warplanes will drop more than 1,000 paratroopers and equipment the to Hohenfels training area in Germany.

A similar drill will also take place the same day at the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria, a former Soviet ally.

Participating in the exercises until Sept. 13 are more than 4,800 soldiers from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Britain and the United States.

It said the exercise marks the first time the US 82nd Airborne Division has operated in Europe since supporting NATO operations in Kosovo in 1999.


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This shows a sign of strength from US and of the NATO alliance. While I don't want to see a war, I think these training are positive and sometimes I think all of the Europe lacked of some courage here.

But this is impressing that US is ready so quickly to help EU. I mean, they don't need EU so hard, sure it was good to have more man power at some occasions, but despite this, they go ahead and spend lots of money for doing training to others. I know Russians was always a somehow enemy of US, but I thought things a bit calmed down. Is it not enough? Does they consider again that Russians become more a danger? Or are they just willing to help?

PS: You copy-pasted the same text twice :p
 

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PS: You copy-pasted the same text twice :p
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It happens with me many times because I have a problem in V button. It's something annoying !

Thanks for informing me, and I'm going to fix it.:)
 

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The best response to the Ukraine crisis is to stay out of it completely. All these drills serve only to antagonize Russia and makes their resolve to have some sort of buffer zone in Eastern Ukraine firmer. There have been enough military drills in Europe. It's time to end the anti-Russia aggression.

The U.S and NATO warmongers should be stopped before they drag the world into WW3.
 

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It makes you wonder why and only now, are they doing these multi national drills all of a sudden. Is something a mist that we don't know about?
 

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