Will Russia invade Finland? Available prepare for war, favor joining NATO

Will Russia invade Finland? Available prepare for war, favor joining NATO

  • In the weeks since war broke out in Europe, thousands of Finns have signed up with training associations to sharpen their military skills or learn new ones like first aid.
  • For the first time in Finland’s history, a majority of Finns are in favor of joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a defensive alliance.
  • Many people say they are alarmed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and want to keep their military training up to date.

VANTAA, Finland – Antti Kettunen pulls out his Glock 17, aims and shoots at a target on either side of a barrier before sprinting over to a jagged wall with holes in it and firing again.

It’s another Tuesday night of training for the Vantaa Reserves Association, the local chapter of the Finnish Reservists’ Association. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, these nights at a range have felt different.

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