>> The 800 soldiers of the multinational NATO battle group in Slovakia, which is commanded by the Czech Republic, practiced combat readiness in the past few days as part of a four-day exercise in the military training area in Lešť.
Bratislava/Lešť – The 800 soldiers of the multinational NATO battle group in Slovakia, which is commanded by the Czech Republic, trained for combat readiness as part of a four-day exercise, which represents the highest level of verification of the unit as a whole. ČTK was informed about this by the spokesperson of the combat unit Zuzana Králová.
Soldiers from five countries took part in the exercise, the Czechs and Germans were the most represented in it.
“It gives us the opportunity to check in conditions close to real deployment that we can do what we committed to – to be ready to defend the eastern flank alliance against any aggression,” said the commander of the battle group Karel Navrátil about the exercise.
The exercise was based on the scenario that the enemy units broke through the first line of defense of the eastern wing of the Alliance and the battalion was given the task of moving to new positions. There, the soldiers were supposed to build defenses to stop the enemy's advance. “Subsequently, they practiced an artillery ambush by the enemy, a reaction to drones or activity during a chemical attack and fighting in contaminated areas,” battalion commander Jiří Staněk said about some of the actions.
For example, wheeled armored vehicles, including Czech cops and Black Hawk helicopters.
The exercise took place in the Lešť military training area in central Slovakia. It is there that the ground units of the combat group, which was created last year in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, operate.