NATO countries lay down arms in Ukraine, risking conflict with Russia
Sweden, not a member of NATO, announced that it would send 5,000 anti-tank weapons, 5,000 helmets, 5,000 items of body armor and 135,000 field rations to Ukraine, as well as about $52 million for the Ukrainian military. Similarly, Finland has said it will distribute 2,500 assault rifles and 150,000 rounds of ammunition, 1,500 anti-tank weapons and 70,000 combat rations for them.
But NATO has moved to rapidly strengthen its deterrence in member states on its eastern side to ensure that Russia does not test NATO’s commitment to collective defence.
The United States alone deployed 15,000 additional troops to Europe – 5,000 in Poland, 1,000 in Romania and 1,000 in the Baltic states – while the NATO response force, if necessary, added 12,000 troops for the first time to be used in mass defense. being done.
Washington has also deployed more fighter jets and attack helicopters to Romania, Poland and the Baltic states.
In other examples of NATO’s rapid effort to strengthen its eastern borders, France on Monday sent its first tranche of troops to Romania, to head a new NATO battalion there, and provided Rafale fighter jets to Poland.
Germany, which already heads a NATO battalion in Lithuania, has sent another 350 soldiers and howitzers, six fighter jets to Romania, some troops to Slovakia and two more ships for NATO maritime patrols. Berlin also said it would send a Patriot missile battery and 300 troops to NATO’s eastern flank to operate it, but did not specify where.
Britain, the main nation of NATO battalions in Estonia, has sent 850 soldiers and more Challenger tanks to Estonia, as well as 350 more troops to Poland. It has put another 1,000 on standby to help refugees, and has sent another four fighter jets to Cyprus, sending two ships to the eastern Mediterranean.
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