Polish, US, British soldiers start exercises in eastern Poland

Major Przemyslaw Lipczynski, spokesman for Poland’s 18th Mechanised Division, told PAP on Monday that the exercises included "live firing by armoured units" drawn from the three countries. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Thousands of soldiers from Poland, the US and the UK are taking part in the Bear 22 military exercise in eastern Poland.

Major Przemyslaw Lipczynski, spokesman for Poland’s 18th Mechanised Division, told PAP on Monday that the exercises included "live firing by armoured units" drawn from the three countries.

Polish Leopard, US Abrams and British Challenger tanks will open fire, the spokesman said, with the goal of "strengthening interoperability and allied cooperation."

However, according to Lipczynski, "the main goal of Bear 22 is for the 19th Mechanised Brigade in Lublin and the 18th Logistics Regiment in Lomza to acquire the Nato CREVAL certification.

The formation of the units, which are both part of the 18th Mechanised Division, started three years ago. The CREVAL certificate confirms that a unit is capable of operating according to Nato's standards of combat readiness.

The Bear 22 manoeuvres will end on Friday.