U.S. Army Stryker vehicles roll down a highway in Riga, Latvia, on
Sunday, March 22, 2015, as part of Operation Dragoon Ride. The
exercise took place amid ongoing tensions between NATO and Russia.
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Locals look at Stryker armoured combat vehicles of the US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment during the Dragoon Ride exercise in Parnu, Estonia, on 21 March 2015. The regiment has been deployed in Estonia as a part of the US military's Operation Atlantic Resolve, aimed at demonstrating commitment to Nato allies in light of Russia's aggression in UkraineInts Kalnins/ReutersEstonian children are given a tour of a Stryker vehicle during the Dragoon Ride exercise in ParnuInts Kalnins/ReutersThe US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment arrives during the Dragoon Ride exercise in Liepupe, Latvia, on 22 March 2015Ints Kalnins/ReutersA US Army soldier adjusts a helmet on a boy's head during the Dragoon Ride exercise in Riga, LatviaInts Kalnins/ReutersBlack Hawk helicopters of the 12th US Air Force combat support brigade arrive during the Dragoon Ride exercise in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 22 March 2015Petras Malukas/AFPA soldier of the US Army's 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment meets with a local resident in VilniusPetras Malukas/AFP
Poland borders Ukraine and Russia, and the conflict in eastern Ukraine has caused anxiety here. Poland says it has trust in Nato's collective security guarantees but it also harbours bad memories of defence alliances with Britain and France that failed when Nazi Germany invaded in 1939.
The mission plans stops in local communities in each country over the 10-day period.
People gather around a US Army Stryker armoured combat vehicle in Bialystok, north-eastern Poland, on 24 March 2015Marcin Onufryjuk Agencja Gazeta/ReutersA US soldier inspects a Patriot missile defence battery during joint exercises in Sochaczew, near Warsaw, on 21 March 2015Franciszek Mazur/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
The convoy of US troops driving through eastern Europe was given a warm welcome as it entered the Czech Republic.
In a campaign on Facebook and pro-Russia media, activists had condemned the convoy, pledging to stop it. But opponents were clearly outnumbered by those who came to welcome the troops.
A convoy of US military vehicles arrives in Prague after entering the Czech Republic at the border crossing in Harrachov as part of the Dragoon Ride exerciseMichal Cizek/AFPSupporters greet the US military convoy at the border crossing in Bohumin, central Moravia, Czech RepublicRadek Mica/AFPA US soldier shakes hands with a boy holding an American flag as the US military convoy arrives at the Czech army barracks in PragueMichal Cizek/AFPResidents of Prague welcome US soldiers as the Dragoon Ride convoy arrives in the Czech RepublicDavid W Cerny/ReutersPeople greet a US military convoy as it arrives at the Military School in Vyskov, South MoraviaRadek Mica/AFPA man offers a can of beer to a US Army soldier arriving at Ruzyne barracks in PragueDavid W Cerny/ReutersAnti-US protesters stage a demonstration against the US Army's Dragoon Ride military exercise in PragueDavid W Cerny/ReutersSupporters greet the US military convoy at Ostrava in the Czech Republic
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Cheers, tears for U.S. Army Convoy
By Brad Lendon, CNN Updated 9:24 PM ET, Wed March 25, 2015