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Russia: Troops on high alert after Putin orders readiness check01:10

Russia: Troops on high alert after Putin orders readiness check

Russian Federation, Central Military District
June 21, 2014 at 12:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

From 11:00 a.m. Moscow time (07:00 GMT) Russian troops in the Central Military District have been on full combat alert following a order from Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday. The exercises, which aim to verify troop’s combat-readiness of all branches of the armed forces, involve the relocation of military personnel and hardware, such as T-72 main battle tanks and BMP-2 IFV's, alongside firing drills and inspections.

According to the Chief of the General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, up to 65,000 troops, along with 5,500 military vehicles, 180 airplanes and 60 helicopters will participate in the drills. The drills will last for a week, from June 21 through 28.

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From 11:00 a.m. Moscow time (07:00 GMT) Russian troops in the Central Military District have been on full combat alert following a order from Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday. The exercises, which aim to verify troop’s combat-readiness of all branches of the armed forces, involve the relocation of military personnel and hardware, such as T-72 main battle tanks and BMP-2 IFV's, alongside firing drills and inspections.

According to the Chief of the General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, up to 65,000 troops, along with 5,500 military vehicles, 180 airplanes and 60 helicopters will participate in the drills. The drills will last for a week, from June 21 through 28.

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