As NATO carried out its biggest exercise in Poland since the end of communism in 1989 – complete with a display of thousands of paratroopers – it emerged that Russian troops have been deployed to the Ukrainian border.
Scores of U.S. troops and then military vehicles parachuted into a spacious, grassy training area on the outskirts of the central city of Torun.
The force’s mission was to secure a bridge on the Vistula River as part of the Polish-led Anakonda-16 exercise that involves about 31,000 troops and runs through mid-June.
Nineteen NATO member nations and five partner nations are contributing troops to the exercise that will train and test their swift joint reaction to threats on land, sea and in the air.
But 750 miles due east in the Russian town of Klintzy on the northern Ukrainian border, President Putin is building a new army base, the latest in a chain of new military sites along what the Kremlin sees as its frontline in a growing confrontation with NATO.