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Estonia is considering the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine for "rear services" duties

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Estonia is considering the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine for "rear services" duties

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The Estonian government is discussing the possibility of sending troops to western Ukraine to take on indirect combat and rear services functions for Ukrainian military personnel, freeing them up for frontline combat.

According to Madis Rood, an advisor to the president on national security, the executive branch is currently analyzing this potential step.

While Estonia "would prefer to take such actions as part of a full NATO mission to demonstrate broader united force and determination," he did not rule out Estonia acting as part of a smaller coalition.

"Discussions are ongoing. We need to consider all possibilities. We should not limit ourselves in what we can do," noted Rood.

He also added that it's possible NATO countries initially opposed to such a move may change their minds over time.

As reported, Rood's comments came after Estonian Defense Forces chief General Martin Herem revealed last week that a few months ago, discussions were held within the army about sending troops to western Ukraine for tasks like medical services, logistics, or anti-aircraft defense in certain western cities. However, after this idea sparked public outcry, those discussions ceased.

The Odessa Journal
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