After arrival of the troops and equipment of the main contingent of the German-led NATO battalion, the first exercise took place, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Thursday.
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German soldiers took part in a combat firing exercise in training grounds in Kazlu Rūda, southern Lithuania, in the first week of March.

Over 400 German troops are currently stationed in Lithuania along with 100 Belgian troops and about 20 soldiers from the Netherlands. The main Dutch contingent with equipment is due to arrive in Lithuania in the end of this month before Norwegian troops join the combat group in May.

Various combat equipment has been brought to Lithuania, including tanks and armored vehicles.

The NATO battalion is stationed in Rukla. Similar units headed by other countries are also being deployed in other Baltic countries and Poland in what NATO says is response to Russian actions in Ukraine.

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