US troops and military equipment have arrived in Poland. Military expert Vladimir Kozin described the eastward deployment by NATO as unprecedented since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Almost 1,000 United States soldiers and the first shipment of the equipment for an American tank brigade have arrived in Poland, the Polish Defense Ministry reported Tuesday.“Almost 1,000 US troops are on our territory today. The first [batch of] equipment has also crossed the Polish border,” Ministry Spokesperson Bartlomiej Misiewicz said, as quoted by Polsat TV channel.
According to Misiewicz, the ceremony to welcome the US troops will take place on January 14.
The incoming tank brigade comprises some 4,000 service personnel, 87 tanks, 18 self-propelled Paladin howitzers, 144 Bradley fighting vehicles and hundreds of Humvees.
The equipment was transported to Poland by rail, from where it will be distributed across the Baltic States, Bulgaria and Romania. The extra military presence is part of the Atlantic Resolve operation launched by the US military in April 2014, in the aftermath of the Maidan coup in Ukraine. (Click to Article)