The British Army are sending assets from the Royal Welsh Battlegroup which includes main battle tanks, Apache attack helicopters and more troops to eastern Europe to back up NATO forces.
This comes as the Kremlin has now amassed 200,000 troops near Ukraine border as US intelligence says that Vladimir Putin has ordered the attack on Ukraine.
A statement from the British Army read, “Part of Operation Iron Surge has seen a convoy of Warrior infantry fighting vehicles and Challenger 2 main battle tanks leaving Sennelager.
“They are being moved by Heavy Equipment Transports (HET) from 19 Tank Transporter Squadron, Royal Logistics Corps (RLC).
“Apache helicopters of 1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team, flown by the Army Air Corps, will also be making their way to conduct exercises with our Allies and partners in Eastern Europe.
“These training exercises ensure UK troops and equipment are operationally ready for their deployments.
“In the UK more than 1,000 military personnel, from all three services, are at readiness to support a humanitarian response if needed.”
The British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said, “Alongside our NATO Allies, we are deploying troops and assets on land, sea and air to bolster European defences in response to the build-up of Russian military forces on the border of Ukraine.
“NATO and our allies have been clear an invasion of Ukraine will be met with severe consequences.
“De-escalation and diplomacy remain the only path out of this situation.”