UK Sending a Full BattleGroup to Exercise in Poland

Posted on July 29, 2014

The UK is to send a “full battle group” of 1,350 military personnel for exercises in Poland, amid rising tension with Russia over Ukraine.

They will take part in Nato manoeuvres in October to support allies in Eastern Europe, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said during a trip to Warsaw.

It is the UK’s largest such commitment to the region since 2008.  Mr Fallon said Britain was playing a “central role” in responding to Russian actions in Ukraine.

Some 350 armoured and other vehicles will be involved in the October exercises, known as Black Eagle.

The UK has already sent RAF Typhoon jets to support Nato in the region following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and British personnel have taken part in small-scale Army exercises.

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