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NATO, Ukraine Troops Launch War Games as Putin Threatens Europe

Ukrainian, Finnish, Swedish, and American troops are among those who will be taking part in Estonia’s “Siil”—meaning “Hedgehog”—military drill beginning next week, which will bring together more than 15,000 troops from 10 countries as Russian President Vladimir Putin grapples with a resolute Ukraine and expanding NATO.

Tensions between Russia and its Western adversaries spiked again this week with Finland’s public commitment to NATO membership. Sweden is expected to follow suit shortly, both nations prompted to shed their historical policy of neutrality by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

Major General Veiko-Vello Palm, the deputy commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, briefed journalists on Friday on the upcoming exercise. Major General Jeffery D. Broadwater, the deputy commanding general of the U.S. V Corps, also spoke with reporters about Hedgehog, and the U.S. Army-led Defender-Europe drill.

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