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10 April 2017, 17:35

About 500 paratroopers taking part in Belarusian-Russian army exercise

BREST, 10 April (BelTA) – A ceremony took place in the Brestsky exercise area on 10 April to begin a Belarusian-Russian joint battalion-level tactical exercise that will feature live fire, BelTA learned from representatives of the 38th Independent Guards Airborne Brigade of the Belarusian army.

A company from the 106th Tula Guards Airborne Division travelled from the Russian city of Ryazan to Brest in order to take part in the exercise. The active phase of the exercise is scheduled for 11-13 April. It will involve about 500 military personnel, over 50 military vehicles, special vehicles, and automobiles as well as aviation. The exercise will be divided into three stages. The Belarusian and Russian paratroopers will march to the designated area of responsibility under the coverage of an air assault group. Paratroopers in company strength will be airdropped using Mi-8 helicopters. Then the Belarusian and Russian paratroopers will practice working together to seek and destroy illegal armed units in a populated locality.

According to the source, such combat training events are held every year in line with the schedule. They are designed to confirm the readiness of army units to carry out their missions in a complicated rapidly changing situation in addition to testing new theoretical guidelines. The Russian paratroopers are expected to leave Belarus on 15 April.

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