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Russia: Large-scale military exercise kicks off in Crimea01:50

Russia: Large-scale military exercise kicks off in Crimea

Russian Federation, Crimea
March 20, 2017 at 17:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Some 2,500 soldiers of the Russian Airborne Forces took part in a major command-and-staff exercise in Crimea, Monday. Servicemen from the Black Sea Fleet and the Russian Aerospace Forces also took part in the drills in which more than 600 units of military vehicles and equipment were deployed.

As part of the exercises, soldiers tested new communications equipment along with "the most advanced portable air defence system, Verba" and "automatic control systems to direct and coordinate troops", according to Commander of the anti-aircraft unit Sergeant Sergey Shmargunov.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the airborne troops have developed a wide range of skills to help combat increased global terrorism threats.

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Some 2,500 soldiers of the Russian Airborne Forces took part in a major command-and-staff exercise in Crimea, Monday. Servicemen from the Black Sea Fleet and the Russian Aerospace Forces also took part in the drills in which more than 600 units of military vehicles and equipment were deployed.

As part of the exercises, soldiers tested new communications equipment along with "the most advanced portable air defence system, Verba" and "automatic control systems to direct and coordinate troops", according to Commander of the anti-aircraft unit Sergeant Sergey Shmargunov.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the airborne troops have developed a wide range of skills to help combat increased global terrorism threats.