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Army exercise Zapad 2017

Army exercise Zapad 2017

The Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 will take place on 14-20 September. It will pursue counterterrorism goals. In line with the scenario of the exercise extremist groups intent on acts of terrorism and destabilizing the situation in the Union State of Belarus and Russia have infiltrated into Belarus and Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast. It is believed that the extremists enjoy outside assistance and get supplies, weapons, and military hardware by air and by sea.

Sergei Lebedev. An archive photo
Lebedev: Hype about Zapad 2017 is artificial
19 September, 12:39
“The Commonwealth of Independent States has a clear and univocal assessment of the exercise,” Sergei Lebedev stressed. In his words, Zapad 2017 is a scheduled exercise which, as has been repeatedly stated, does not bear any threat for the neighboring and other states.
Nikolai Bugrovsky
Opinion: Zapad 2017 army exercise contributes to military combat readiness
19 September, 11:13
Nikolai Bugrovsky stated that such exercises are held every two years in Belarus and Russia on rotation. They are useful for developing combat operations skills and sharing experience.
Raymond Saint Pierre
Canadian journalist: Belarus ensures open access for mass media at Zapad 2017
19 September, 10:26
The Canadian journalist said that he has already spent three days in Belarus and this is his second army exercise. He took note of a big area for tactical activities and a great number of military hardware.
Defense against air strikes in second stage of Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017
18 September, 19:59
During the second stage of the exercise the air force and air defense units practice repulsing strikes delivered by aerial assault means of the enemy in addition to organizing interaction and all kinds of support in order to complete their missions. These actions will be practiced in the Domanovo exercise area.
Belarusian helicopters support ground troops in Zapad 2017 army exercise
18 September, 19:46
In the Lepelsky exercise area army units practiced finding, blocking, and eliminating illegal armed groups with assistance of Belarusian army helicopters, which reconnoitered the area and helped eliminate sabotage and reconnaissance forces of the imaginary enemy and illegal armed groups.
Good planning behind Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017 concept
18 September, 19:30
The expert underlined that during such exercises the troops bolster their classroom knowledge with hands-on practice in the field. “It allows mobilizing armed forces, testing new and upgraded technologies, and looking at possible problems in totality,” noted Alexander Borodeiko.
International observers describe Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017 as open, transparent
18 September, 19:16
The international observers were briefed in detail about the scenario of the episode before combat began. “Everything went precisely step by step. We saw no violations. Everything is going on as planned,” noted the observer.
An episode of the Zapad 2017 army exercise
Belarus president to observe Zapad 2017 exercise near Borisov on 20 September
18 September, 17:04
The head of state is expected to watch a major episode of the ongoing army exercise at the 227th combined arms exercise area (Borisovsky). From a viewing platform Alexander Lukashenko will be able to evaluate the level of cohesion between army units in the course of a defensive action.
An archive photo
Defensive combat practiced as part of Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017
18 September, 13:44
Belarusian and Russian units from the regional military force practiced a defensive battle in the Borisovsky exercise area on 18 September. Live fire is part of the event. Combined arms forces will be supported by artillery fire and air strikes.
IN PICTURES: Belarusian, Russian army units repulse attack, stage counterattack in Borisovsky exercise area
18 September, 13:41
The battle took place not only on the ground but in the air, too. Close attention was paid to smooth interaction of army units at all levels.
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