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NATO holds Spring Storm exercise

NATO has held a military exercise in Eastern Europe, against the backdrop of sporadic fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists. The annual exercise near Otepaa in Estonia involved Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, US, British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops.

NATO holds Spring Storm exercise
Members of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade (R) gather for a ceremony during the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 17, 2014 near Otepaa, Estonia. The annual exercises, in which Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, U.S., British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops are participating, are underway as sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continues in eastern Ukraine. (Getty Images)
NATO holds Spring Storm exercise
Members of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade participate in the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 17, 2014 near Otepaa, Estonia. The annual exercises, in which Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, U.S., British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops are participating, are underway as sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continues in eastern Ukraine. (Getty Images)
NATO holds Spring Storm exercise
Members of the Estonian Scouts Battalion, which served in Afghanistan, participate in the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 17, 2014 near Otepaa, Estonia. The annual exercises, in which Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, U.S., British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops are participating, are underway as sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continues in eastern Ukraine. (Getty Images)
NATO holds Spring Storm exercise
Members of the Estonian Scouts Battalion (L), which served in Afghanistan, chat with members of the British Duke of Lancaster Regiment during a ceremony at the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 17, 2014 near Otepaa, Estonia. The annual exercises, in which Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, U.S., British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops are participating, are underway as sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continues in eastern Ukraine. (Getty Images)
NATO holds Spring Storm exercise
Members of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade participate in the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 17, 2014 near Otepaa, Estonia. The annual exercises, in which Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, U.S., British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops are participating, are underway as sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continues in eastern Ukraine. (Getty Images)
NATO holds Spring Storm exercise
Members of the Estonian army drive a camouflaged vehicle while participating in the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 17, 2014 near Otepaa, Estonia. The annual exercises, in which Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, U.S., British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops are participating, are underway as sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continues in eastern Ukraine. (Getty Images)
NATO holds Spring Storm exercise
Members of an Estonian anti-aircraft unit aim a Mistral anti-aircraft missile at a fighter jet overhead while participating in the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 17, 2014 near Otepaa, Estonia. The annual exercises, in which Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, U.S., British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops are participating, are underway as sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continues in eastern Ukraine. (Getty Images)
NATO holds Spring Storm exercise
An SU-22 fighter jet of the Polish air force flies overhead during the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 17, 2014 near Otepaa, Estonia. The annual exercises, in which Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, U.S., British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops are participating, are underway as sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continues in eastern Ukraine. (Getty Images)
NATO holds Spring Storm exercise
Members of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade establish a mortar position while participating in the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 17, 2014 near Otepaa, Estonia. The annual exercises, in which Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, U.S., British, Polish, Belgian and Danish troops are participating, are underway as sporadic fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists continues in eastern Ukraine. (Getty Images)