aA
The remaining military equipment to be deployed in the German-led NATO battalion in Rukla, Lithuania, has left Germany for Lithuania on Tuesday.
German troops
German troops
© Reuters / Scanpix

A train with 30 German infantry fighting vehicles Marder, six heavy battle tanks Leopard 2 and six armored repairs and evacuation machines were seen off from the Grafenwöhr military base in Bavaria on Tuesday afternoon. The equipment will be stationed in the Rukla-based International NATO Battalion, which is being set up in response to Russian policies towards Eastern Europe. The first group of German troops arrived in Lithuania back in late January .

Lithuania's army representatives confirmed to BNS that the train will bring all the planned combat equipment – up until now, the battalion only received the gear needed for logistics and staff, including a few non-combat armored vehicles Boxer.

The German-led battalion is one of NATO's four combat groups being deployed in the Baltic states and Poland. The battalion in Estonia will be headed by the United Kingdom, while those in Latvia and Poland will be led by Canada and the United States, respectively.

About 300 of the planned 450 German troops are already in Rukla, central Lithuania, who will be joined by forces of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, France and Croatia.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Self-isolation required for arrivals from 58 worst hit countries

The Ministry of Health has updated the list of countries most affected by coronavirus infection...

Media watchdog bans Russian broadcaster RT (2)

The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (LRTK) on Wednesday banned Russia's broadcaster RT...

10 new coronavirus cases

On Tuesday, 10 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lithuania. All of them imported or from already...

Lithuania set to purchase COVID-19 drug remdesivir

Lithuania plans to purchase remdesivir , an antiviral drug used for the treatment of COVID-19 , the...

Franciscan monk in Kretinga tests positive for coronavirus

A Franciscan monk living in a Franciscan monastery in Kretinga, Western Lithuania, had tested positive...

Top news

Media watchdog bans Russian broadcaster RT (2)

The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (LRTK) on Wednesday banned Russia's broadcaster RT...

First complaint from business over lockdown restrictions reaches court (1)

Lithuanian business representatives on Wednesday lodged a complaint before a court seeking remedy...

Self-isolation required for arrivals from 58 worst hit countries

The Ministry of Health has updated the list of countries most affected by coronavirus infection...

10 new coronavirus cases

On Tuesday, 10 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lithuania. All of them imported or from already...

Vilnius centre becomes art gallery

Lithuanian capital Vilnius has turned its centre into an open-air art gallery . The outdoor...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina