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Last train with Russian troops leaves Belarus

Society 29.09.2017 | 12:21

MINSK, 29 September (BelTA) – The last train carrying personnel and hardware of Russian army units has left Belarus after the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017, BelTA learned from the Zapad 2017 dedicated website.

The Russian army train departed from a railway station in Borisov. Following the established tradition, logistics and support units were the last ones to depart for their permanent stations. Hardware and gear of the army units were loaded onto the train within the shortest time possible.

The Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 ended on 20 September. The army exercise areas Lepelsky, Borisovsky, Losvido, Osipovichsky, and the Air Force exercise areas Ruzhansky and Domanovo in addition to two regular sectors of terrain in Vitebsk Oblast — Dretun and Glubokoye — were used for the exercise in Belarus. In Russia the army exercise areas Luzhsky, Strugi Krasnyye, and Pravdinsky in Kaliningrad Oblast, Leningrad Oblast, and Pskov Oblast were used for the exercise.

Some 12,700 military personnel took part in the Zapad 2017 exercise. About 10,200 troops were deployed in Belarus, with Belarus contributing slightly more than 7,000 people and Russia supplying about 3,000 troops. The Belarusian part of the exercise also involved a total of 370 armored vehicles, including about 140 combat tanks. Up to 150 artillery units and multiple-launch rocket systems, over 40 aircraft and helicopters were deployed as well.

In line with previously specified plans the Russian army units pulled out from Belarus by 30 September.

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