US military gear reaches Poland ahead of Russian war games

U.S. Army military vehicles stand after unloading in the port in Gdansk, Poland, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. The equipment supply is a second heel-to-toe deployment of U.S. troops to the nation that is concerned for its security due to neighboring Russia's military activity. (AP Photo/Krzysztof Mystkowski)

(AP) — A shipment of U.S. military equipment has been unloaded at a Baltic Sea port in Poland as Russia prepares to conduct war games across the border in Belarus.

American troops were deployed to bases across Poland this year on a rotating basis as reassurance amid Russia’s increased military activity.

Over 1,000 pieces of U.S. equipment, including Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers, arrived at the port of Gdansk on Wednesday.

Thousands of Russian and Belarusian troops are set to participate in the weeklong Zapad-2017 military exercises starting Thursday in Belarus.

Leaders in Poland, the Baltic states, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria are concerned Russia might not pull back all of its soldiers after the drills.