Huge deployment of British tanks and troops to Estonia as Russia crisis deepens

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The move comes as Russian troops near 200,000 in numbers around the border of Ukraine, with fears emanating of an imminent invasion. Assets from the Royal Welsh Battlegroup are heading to the Eastern European states to back up NATO forces in the region. The deployment of troops and equipment will double the numbers of British troops already stationed in the former Soviet nation, which now boasts NATO membership.

According to the British Army: “The Royal Welsh Battlegroup, which includes armoured vehicles and personnel from the Royal Engineers, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps and Royal Artillery, will leave Sennelager in Germany and bases in the UK, and begin to arrive in Estonia during the coming weeks.”

Troops from a Danish Company will also join the British soldiers in the deployment.

A statement from the British Army read: “Part of Operation Iron Surge has seen a convoy of Warrior infantry fighting vehicles and Challenger 2 main battle tanks leaving Sennelager.

“They are being moved by Heavy Equipment Transports (HET) from 19 Tank Transporter Squadron, Royal Logistics Corps (RLC).

“Apache helicopters of 1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team, flown by the Army Air Corps, will also be making their way to conduct exercises with our Allies and partners in Eastern Europe.

“These training exercises ensure UK troops and equipment are operationally ready for their deployments.

“In the UK more than 1,000 military personnel, from all three services, are at readiness to support a humanitarian response if needed.”

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace spoke about British involvement in the NATO operation protecting Eastern Europe from the fallout of any potential war between Russia and Ukraine.

He said: “Alongside our NATO Allies, we are deploying troops and assets on land, sea and air to bolster European defences in response to the build-up of Russian military forces on the border of Ukraine.

“NATO and our allies have been clear an invasion of Ukraine will be met with severe consequences.

“De-escalation and diplomacy remain the only path out of this situation.”

Mr Wallace last week met several NATO counterparts while in Brussels.

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Last week, the UK announced all British troops in Ukraine would be leaving the country.

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey, speaking last week, said: “There will be no British troops in Ukraine if there is to be a conflict there,

“They will be leaving over the course of the weekend.”

Britain, along with a dozen other nations has urged all nationals to leave Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion, and eventual conflict.

The US told all remaining Americans on Friday to leave the country in the next 48 hours, with other countries following suit with similar warnings.

Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Latvia, Norway and the Netherlands are among those issuing similar advice.

Israel said it was evacuating relatives of embassy staff.

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Airlines from Europe have also stated they will no longer fly to Ukraine as the situation continues to unfold.

Lufthansa and Dutch airline KLM have both suspended flights to Kiev, although some nations are still operating repatriation flights in order to evacuate citizens.

There are no plans for an emergency airlift by western air forces from Kiev, unlike in Afghanistan last summer.

According to Mr Heappey: “The Royal Air Force will not be in a position to go in and to fly people out.”



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