United States Army is moving a squadron of armored vehicles in Eastern Europe intended to show Russia that they can move huge amount of force in long distance. Dubbed as Dragoon Ride, IAV Strykers from 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Second Dragoon) will be travelling 1,200 miles passing through Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Germany from March 21 to April 1. IAV Stryker is an eight-wheeled, armored vehicle used for rapid deployment with survivability and tactical mobility.

“The whole purpose is to assure those allies that live closest to the Bear that we are here,” U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said as quoted by Army Times. “You heard our president say very clearly, we will defend our allies, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland.”

“President Putin exercises freedom of movement all the time. He moves troops and stuff around Russia whenever he wants to,” Hodges noted. “For the alliance, you’ve got to do that by moving from country to country.”

“This is what the U.S. Army does, we can move a lot of capability a long distance,” Lt. Gen. Hodges said.