Poland's Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz speaks during a military police exercise prior to the NATO summit in July in Warsaw at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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Poland will shortly start enrolling the first volunteers in a 35,000-member paramilitary force aimed at parrying a perceived threat from Russia, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Thursday.Each of Poland's 16 provinces are expected to have a brigade-level force, and Mazovia – the biggest and most populous region in the center of the country – will have two.Strzelec units are to take part for the first time in a major military exercise, Anakonda, gathering Poland and several NATO allies, Strzelec commander Marcin Waszczuk told AFP.
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