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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.

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.
Belarusian defense minister refuses to comment on emotional analysis of Zapad 2017 exercise
18 September, 13:22
Andrei Ravkov said: “We've recently seen an increase in the number of analysts focusing on military affairs, including in Belarus. Most of them did not even serve in the army. I would like to leave their outbursts and expressions without comments.”
Opinion: Hysteria around Zapad 2017 army exercise is artificial
18 September, 11:39
“The hysteria around Zapad 2017 is clearly artificial. There was nothing of the kind when we conducted the military exercise several years ago. Someone wants to draw the attention to themselves, get some economic benefits, ‘freshen up their political faces',” Sergei Bobrikov said.
An archive photo
Latvian military confirm Belarus' openness after inspection of Zapad 2017 army exercise
18 September, 10:37
“Following the inspection Latvia confirmed a high level of transparency and wide openness of Belarus,” Vladimir Makarov stressed.
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