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Denmark Boosts Military Preparedness Amid Ukraine Tensions

Denmark said Tuesday it was boosting its military preparedness in response to Russia’s “unacceptable military pressure” on Ukraine, putting a mobile NATO-operational battalion on alert.

The Danish military “will boost the readiness of the combat battalion at NATO’s disposal so that it will be available within one to five days”, compared to the usual 30 days, the defense ministry said.

The battalion of 700-800 troops will be located in Slagelse, around 90 kilometers (56 miles) west of Copenhagen, it added.

“The security situation in Europe has intensified as a result of unacceptable Russian military pressure on Ukraine“, Denmark’s defense ministry said.

Amid Western nations’ fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Denmark said it would also be ready to send two F-16 fighter jets to its Baltic island of Bornholm “if judged necessary.”

Danish F-16s were already mobilized to the island last summer after Russia violated Danish airspace on several occasions.

“For the moment there is no increased threat to Denmark or Bornholm,” Danish defense chief Flemming Lentfer told news agency Ritzau.

“We are strengthening our military capabilities in order to be able to respond more quickly if the situation requires it,” he said.

In order to bolster NATO’s presence in eastern Europe, Denmark in January sent a frigate to the Baltic Sea and four F-16 jets to Lithuania.

Last week, the Scandinavian country, which is also a member of the European Union, said it was ready to send military equipment to Ukraine and committed to granting Kyiv around 80 million euros in annual aid.

The money is in addition to a support program worth 22 million euros announced in mid-January by Denmark’s foreign minister.

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