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Denmark to send soldiers to Estonia after Russia invades Ukraine

Mette Frederiksen is Denmark’s Prime Minster. She holds a news conference in Copenhagen on February 24, 2022, about the situation of Ukraine. Ritzau Scanpix/Martin Sylvest via REUTERS

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COPENHAGEN (Reuters, February 24th, 2019) – Denmark will send around 200 soldiers to Estonia and two F-16 fighter planes to perform aerial policing within Poland’s airspace, as a reaction to Russia’s invasion.

According to the Estonian chief for defence, the soldiers will be deployed in the first part of March to take part in NATO’s Estonia operations.

The government will seek approval of the parliament for these decisions later Thursday.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen stated that Denmark will also prepare to be able receive refugees from Ukraine and send humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Denmark announced earlier this month that it would improve its military readiness. This includes the deployment of two fighter aircraft to an island off the Baltic Sea, and the preparation of a combat brigade of 700 to 800 soldiers capable of contributing quickly to NATO’s operations. Continue reading

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Reporting by Jacob Gronholt Pedersen, Nikolaj skydsgaard, and Stine Jacobsen
Alison Williams Editing and Jonathan Oatis

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