This year's Siil to be largest since restoration of Estonian independence

Campaign promoting Siil 2018 in Central Tallinn. Nov. 2, 2017. Source: (Siim Verner Teder)

Estonia's large-scale military exercise Siil 2018 (Hedgehog 2018), to be held in May, will include more than 13,000 participants, making it the largest military exercise Estonia has seen since the restoration of its independence in 1991.

The exercise will kick off on May 2 last through May 14. This time, the volunteer Estonian Defence League will have the central role in carrying out tasks and rehearsing cooperation, spokespeople for the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) said.

Units taking part in the exercise will operate in several regions, but the main exercises will be carried out in Southern and Southeastern Estonia.

According to current plans, more than 13,000 uniformed individuals are to take part in the exercise, making this year's Siil the country's largest military exercise since Estonia restored its independence in August 1991.

Allies from the U.K., U.S., Denmark, Germany, Poland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Georgia, Ukraine and Ireland are among those to take part in the exercise.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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