“Road Wars” in the Baltic States

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It seems that the NATO membership obliges the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to increase not only their defence spending to the detriment of the social sphere, but also to sacrifice health and safety of their own people.

It is easy to understand by examining police and news agency reports, which are full of “feats” of our allies, who are sent to the Baltic countries to strengthen the defence of the Eastern flank.

2015

Much publicized car accident occurred on the road Riga – Veclaicene in Latvia on the 11th of July. Toyota Yaris, driving by an American soldier, collided with Mitsubishi Lancer. Five people were injured. It is interesting, that an American soldier, who causes the accident, escaped justice and left the country.

In November 2015, British soldier beat up Latvian at a McDonald’s restaurant. Arrested British serviceman had arrived to participate in Silver Arrow military exercise. The soldier behaved aggressively and was taken to a police station during the detention.

2016

In March 2016, after drinking alcohol the US soldiers started a fight in the aqua-park in Lithuania, where locals and children had a rest. The police was called to pacify drunk Americans.

One more accident occurred in Kaunas. Drunk US soldiers tore down Lithuanian flag from the building of public prosecution office to show disrespect. The interesting fact is that the flag desecration by American soldiers was reported neither in the local press, nor in the reports of the local police department.

On the 8th June 2016 British soldiers mashed Panda Taxi car in Riga. One of them was dancing on the roof of the car, the other shot what was happening on mobile phone. All soldiers were drunk.

2017

The incidents involved NATO become an everyday occurrence in the Baltic States since 2017. During the NATO military exercise “Spring Storm” in Estonia several accidents have occurred at once.

An Estonian soldier received serious injuries after a truck ran over him on the 16th May. The truck was backing up as it was leaving a fire zone during a mock attack at Myanniku military field camp.

A military vehicle, not far from the village Aidu in Ida-Viru County, caught fire after it hit an overhead power line with its antenna. Three people were injured as a result.

2 car crashes involving military vehicles occurred on the19th of May. A British armored personnel carrier crashed into a ditch near the village Söönurm. 2 soldiers were taken to hospital. Hours earlier, a military jeep had crashed into a civilian car as it traveled in reverse along a dirt road.

And the last one, and maybe one of the most high-profile incident took place on the 25th May in Estonia. A local resident of Ohepalu fired warning shots at NATO troops who were trespassing in his garden. The troops were taking part in the final stage of the drills. The resident of Ohepalu village threatened the NATO troops and shot a gun to warn them. No one was hurt during the incident however; criminal proceedings had been launched against him.

On the 2nd of June in Latvia, the military police car, accompanied by an US military vehicle convoy, which came to participate in the Saber strike military exercise, collided with a petrol tanker.

In the middle of June an indignant Latvian posted a video on Facebook demonstrating a column of NATO military equipment had driven straight into his private property in rural Latvia and started firing without asking his permission or even informing him of these actions.

A Hummer vehicle carrying US soldiers rammed into a civilian vehicle in Marijampole on the 20th of June, leaving three female passengers injured.

2018

On the7th of June, four armored personnel carriers carrying US soldiers smashed into each other. As a result, 13 soldiers contracted injuries.

An armored vehicle in the Lithuanian city of Kazl-Ruda drove off the road and crashed into a tree one day later, two US soldier were injured.

The third car accident wasn’t slow in coming. On the 10th of June, a military off-road vehicle carrying French soldiers overturned in the Pabrade area. 2 servicemen were injured. In total, almost two dozen NATO military were injured in four days, moving on Lithuanian roads.

Moreover, a soldier from Hungary caused a car accident in Vilnius. A military vehicle tried to turn but hit a Volkswagen Passat. There was a five-year-old girl in the Volkswagen Passat car. The child got a serious psychological trauma.

And one of the latest accident followed by death occurred on the training area in Pabrade. On the 6th of October, during the exercises of the NATO force battalion at Pabrade range, a German serviceman died. The incident occurred when the armored vehicle driven by the soldier crashed into a tree.

In fact, the authorities should do everything to reduce the number of foreign troops on their territory and scale down military exercise. However news about the additional NATO units deployed to the Baltic States, shows that the leadership of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia lack interest in the opinion of their people.

As a result, Baltic politicians do their best to attract more allies to their country, who demonstrate careless attitude to the laws of the Baltic States, do not obey the basic rules of behavior. Such actions destroy moral and cultural foundations of the local community.

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