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NATO Holds War Games Miles From Ukraine’s Border

By Kyle Anzalone | The Libertarian Institute | March 30, 2023

The US and its NATO partners are conducting military drills in a region of Romania that borders Ukraine. Thousands of soldiers will gather to simulate repelling an invasion on the Black Sea coastline.

Dubbed “Sea Shield 23,” the war games kicked off on March 20 and will run until April 2. The US and 11 other NATO countries are participating in the Romanian-led military exercises. Nearly 3,500 soldiers, 30 naval ships, 14 aircraft and 15 other “fast intervention” boats are participating in the live-fire operations, which will occur in the Black Sea and Romania’s Danube Delta. Troops taking part in the Sea Shield drills will come within 20 miles of the Ukrainian border.

“The multinational exercise ‘Sea Shield 2023’ is the most complex training event, planned and conducted by the Romanian Naval Forces, through the Naval Component Command, in the 2023 training year,” the Romanian Navy said in a press release.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US has conducted several rounds of war games in Eastern Europe to simulate a similar conflict and develop strategies for Kiev. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported that last summer, the Joe Biden administration used the cover of war games in the Baltic Sea to plant explosives on the Nord Stream pipelines. In September, those explosives were detonated destroying the natural gas pipelines linking Russia and Germany.

Over the past year, the North Atlantic alliance has increased its force posture in what it regards as its “eastern flank,” which is made up of eight countries that stretch from the Baltics to the Black Sea, including Romania. NATO is concurrently conducting the “Crystal Arrow 23” war games in Latvia, which will see Danish soldiers train Riga’s Mechanized Infantry Brigade.

March 31, 2023 - Posted by | Militarism | , ,


  1. Risking WW3 is a live option.
    The war games that are playing out simultaneously in Romania and Latvia pose an imminent threat to the tiny sliver of Russian territory called Kaliningrad. Russia has recently fortified the enclave with the S-400, one of the most lethal air defense systems Russia has. While its location has left Kaliningrad deeply vulnerable, it has also made it a potentially deadly military threat to NATO. Hence, the Russian government has deployed some of its most lethal military defense systems to Kaliningrad should NATO turn its war games into the actual thing! It’s not so hair-brained to think that the military planners and political wonks that run NATO, are desperate to defeat Russia. Even if it means acting on RUSSI’s recommendation to create a “Cuban Missile Crisis on steroids” in the hope that Putin backs down under pressure.

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    Comment by Thomas Lee Simpson | March 31, 2023 | Reply

  2. IDIOTS ! What’s the point of this training if the haven’t the ammunition to sustain the real thing ????? The number of troops is a pittance as well, Russia’s artillery would wipe the beach clean in no time.


    Comment by itchyvet | March 31, 2023 | Reply

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