More than 200 crack British troops have parachuted into Ukraine in a show of strength as tensions rise between the embattled country and Russia. The drop is the biggest mass UK exercise in more than 20 years. Units including the 16th Air Assault Brigade joined forces with more than 200 Ukrainian paratroopers for this week's jump just 100 miles from Moscow-controlled Crimea. It comes after Vladimir Putin stepped up military operations against Russia's neighbour. * What is your view on this story? Have your say in the comments below The Mirror was the only British newspaper allowed to witness the para-drop, named Joint Endeavour. Elite Pathfinder soldiers had earlier parachuted in to scope a landing zone for the main assault force. Troops laden with up to 80lb of combat kit were dropped from C-130 warplanes flying at 600ft after leaving RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Soon after landing, Sgt John Jenkins, 33, of 7 Para RHA, told us: "We're carrying a huge amount of weight and in the air for about 30 seconds maximum. “I have done around 15 jumps but this one stands out. “Flying kitted up all the way from Oxfordshire across Europe there has been massive excitement… Read full this story
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