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Germany deploying military assets to eastern Europe

A woman shows a poster in support of Ukraine at a demonstration along the street near the Russian embassy to protest against the escalation of the tension between Russia and Ukraine in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A woman shows a poster in support of Ukraine at a demonstration along the street near the Russian embassy to protest against the escalation of the tension between Russia and Ukraine in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany’s Defense Ministry confirms media reports that it is deploying additional military assets to NATO’s eastern flank.

German weekly Der Spiegel reports that the deployments include 150 soldiers and about a dozen Boxer armored fighting vehicles, two ships and anti-missile systems.

Ministry spokesman Christian Thiels declines to say exactly how many soldiers are being deployed. But he confirms that a navy corvette will leave tomorrow for patrols in the Baltic while a frigate will be deployed in the Mediterranean, both under NATO command.

Germany is also assessing whether to deploy Patriot anti-missile systems to an eastern European NATO country, Thiels says. Decisions on deploying further troops could be expected soon, he adds.

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