NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies, and American tanks rumble near Poland's border with Russia on a mission to reassure citizens that they're safe from Russian aggression, the Yahoo News website reports today (April 6, 2015).
But these days -- due mainly to Russia's ongoing aggression in nearby Ukraine -- ordinary people aren't taking any chances.
In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training in case of a Russian invasion. Neighboring Lithuania is restoring the draft and teaching citizens what to do in case of war. Nearby Latvia has plans to give university students military training next year.
Many people in eastern Europe are worried that their independence won from Soviet Russia in 1991 is threatened once again, as hostilities between Russia and the West intensify due to Russian aggression in Ukraine, where more than 6,000 people have been killed during the past year.