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US, European allies 'liberate town' in military drill amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine

  • A US soldier takes part in an exercise called "Saber Junction" at the military area in Hohenfels near Regensburg, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Saber Junction 14 is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command directed, multinational, multiservice exercise that involves more than 5,800 personnel from 17 European countries. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    A US soldier takes part in an exercise called "Saber Junction" at the military area in Hohenfels near Regensburg, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Saber Junction 14 is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command directed, multinational, multiservice exercise that involves more than 5,800 personnel from 17 European countries. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers from NATO countries take part in an exercise called "Saber Junction Exercise" at the military area in Hohenfels near Regensburg, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Saber Junction 14 is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command directed, multinational, multiservice exercise that involves more than 5,800 personnel from 17 European countries. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Soldiers from NATO countries take part in an exercise called "Saber Junction Exercise" at the military area in Hohenfels near Regensburg, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Saber Junction 14 is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command directed, multinational, multiservice exercise that involves more than 5,800 personnel from 17 European countries. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers from NATO countries take part in an exercise called "Saber Junction" at the military area in Hohenfels near Regensburg, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Saber Junction 14 is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command directed, multinational, multiservice exercise that involves more than 5,800 personnel from 17 European countries. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Soldiers from NATO countries take part in an exercise called "Saber Junction" at the military area in Hohenfels near Regensburg, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Saber Junction 14 is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command directed, multinational, multiservice exercise that involves more than 5,800 personnel from 17 European countries. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

Some 5,500 troops from the United States and European allies carried out a mock liberation of a fictional city in a large-scale military exercise Monday.

The maneuver in southern Germany was part of Exercise Saber Junction, an annual event led by the U.S. Army Europe.

It took place against the backdrop of tensions with Russia over its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

U.S. Army Commander Lieutenant General Frederick B. Hodges said the exercise reflected NATO's resolve to demonstrate it can deter "Russian aggression" should one of its members ever be attacked.

Bosnia, Serbia, and Sweden participated in the exercise alongside troops from 13 NATO member states.