Cana­di­ans pre­pare for mock at­tack as ten­sions with Rus­sia flare

The Western Star - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — Cana­dian soldiers and their NATO al­lies in Latvia will help to de­fend against a sim­u­lated in­va­sion of the east­ern Euro­pean na­tion start­ing Satur­day, even as real ten­sions flare anew be­tween Moscow and the West.

Billed as Latvia’s largest wargame since its in­de­pen­dence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the ex­er­cise at­tempts to mimic an at­tack by a coun­try like Rus­sia and test how Lat­vian and NATO forces re­spond. The sce­nario in­cludes Lat­vian au­thor­i­ties deal­ing with en­emy cy­ber­at­tacks and ef­forts to stir up the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion with mis­in­for­ma­tion be­fore an all-out as­sault. Canada has 450 soldiers lead­ing a multi­na­tional NATO bat­tle group in Latvia, one of four such forces de­ployed to East­ern Europe in re­cent years fol­low­ing Rus­sia’s an­nex­a­tion of Crimea and sup­port sep­a­ratist rebels in Ukraine.

The Cana­dian Pres

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