First American troops land in Poland for exercises amid Ukraine crisis

About 130 soldiers from the the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team arrived in Swidwin, northwestern Poland on April 23, as part of a wave of US troops to be sent by Washington to Eastern Europe in the face of rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

The troops, who are usually based in Vicenza, Italy, arrived at the base on two Hercules transport planes. They will be stationed in the nearby town of Drawsko Pomorskie.

A further 450 US troops will be deployed in the next few days in the ex-Soviet Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, to begin a series of military exercises due to last at least through the end of the year there.

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(Photos: Members of the 173rd Airborne in training, 2007: US Army)