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Russian aggression forces Estonians massively join the volunteer corps

More and more Estonians join the ranks of volunteer part-time militia corps for trainings as Russian aggression intensified
Estonia's Defence League volunteers

Every day more and more Estonians join the volunteer corps to get military knowledge and skills wary of the intensifying Russian aggression, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Reuters.

The Defence League of the Baltic State has grown 10 percent to almost 16,000 soldiers since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea last year and support for rebels in the Donbas raised security fears in the small NATO nation.

“Young people today want to do their bit for the defence of their country,” medic Riho Mannik, 35, said near a dug-in mortar position during the exercise of 700 volunteers, near the village of Pala 160 kms (100 miles) from the Russian border.

The skills acquired during training drills in the close to real conditions can help young people, even in the “civilian” life.

Estonia’s Defence Ministry said that according to their data the number of soldiers of the League of Defense has risen to 15,600 volunteers. During the past year, 935 people joined the irregular defensive units on the news of the Russian annexation of the Crimea. For comparison, in 2013, only 324 people volunteered.

This number of volunteers can be compared with 3,2 thousand of regular soldiers.

Earlier we reported that Estonian border guards refused to let Marina Perekryostova, the deputy director of MIA Russia Today, enter the territory of the country.

The CEO of MIA Russia Today Dmitry Kiselev, was included in the sanctions list in the spring of 2014. He is banned to enter the EU, as well as own real estate and other assets located on its territory.

In May this year Kiselyov filed to the European Council a lawsuit with a demand to cancel the decision to introduce it in the sanctions list of the European Union. The lawsuit also stated the requirement to reimburse all relevant costs incurred by “Russian propaganda against Ukraine.” According to Kiselev, sanctions have been applied to him because of his political views, as well as statements as a commentator and a journalist.