Ukraine is one of 20 nations taking part in the annual Saber Junction exercise in Germany’s Bavaria. On Wednesday evening, US and Italian C-130s airdropped some 1,000 paratroopers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and allied forces behind ‘enemy’s lines’, according to Stars and Stripes. They then launched a nighttime attack.
But early on Friday morning the tide apparently turned for the paratroopers. According to the Ukrainian general staff, the 173rd lost its field HQ to a surprise attack by the Ukrainians, who ‘took out’ 32 people while ‘losing’ two of their own.
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American scouts are now trying to ‘avenge’ their troops. But no luck so far…” Ukrainian general staff said.
A total of some 5,500 troops are taking part in the exercise, which is meant to test NATO’s capacity for rapid deployment of airborne troops in Europe.
@USArmy Soldiers of 1-91 CAV are currently participating in #SaberJunction 18 in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Exercise Saber Junction 18 is a @USArmyEurope -directed exercise designed to assess the readiness of the U.S. Army's@173rdAbnBde to execute unified land operations. #US_EUCOM pic.twitter.com/z11x3tK4aH
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