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Estonia starts most comprehensive military exercises in history of country

About 13 thousand soldiers and reservists take part in the military exercises Siil-2015 in Estonia, which started today.

Estonia starts most comprehensive military exercises in history of country

The exercises will be the most comprehensive ones in the history of the country. They will be held until May 15 throughout the country and end in the northeast, close to the border of Estonia and Russia, Joinfo.ua reports referring to DW.

The main purpose of the exercises is to train reservists, who make up more than half of the staff members, to maneuver. The exercises are also aimed at roundout and formation of permanent readiness of the rapid response units.

In addition, the first infantry brigade will work out combat activities and control at the tactical and strategic levels.

At the exercises will be well represented NATO allies, especially the U.S. and UK soldiers. The exercises involve U.S. tank units on the M1A2 Abrams tanks, about 150 paratroopers from the 173 Airborne Division. Britain sent a troop of infantrymen of up to 120 soldiers from the Second Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. The exercises are also participated by troops from Poland, the Netherlands, Latvia, and Lithuania.

It should be recalled that in April, Estonia conducted large-scale NATO exercises on cyber security involving 16 countries. In Tallinn, there were held the exercises called Locked Shields 2015, which involved 400 computer experts.