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Jun 24 2022

NATO's Multinational Battlegroups in the East of the Alliance

It's been five years since NATO deployed four multinational battlegroups to its eastern flank. The battlegroups, stationed in the three Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - as well as in Poland, were one of several measures announced in response to Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine in 2014. As they commemorate their fifth anniversary, the battlegroups, led by Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, remain combat-ready, demonstrate the strength of the transatlantic bond between Europe and North America, and make clear that an attack on one Ally would be considered an attack on all.

After Russia's unprovoked and brutal invasion of Ukraine, which began on 24 February 2022, NATO announced the formation of four more battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. This video examines the role of the battlegroups, how they train and operate, and what they bring to the Alliance. Featuring interviews from battlegroup commanders, it also looks back at the deployment of the battlegroups and the cause of their placement in the east of the Alliance.

Video by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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