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17 February 2020, 19:18

Belarusian, Russian paratroopers in army exercise near Pskov

The Belarusian Defense Ministry. An archive photo
The Belarusian Defense Ministry. An archive photo

MINSK, 17 February (BelTA) – A joint tactical exercise for Belarusian and Russian paratroopers has begun near the Russian city of Pskov, BelTA has learned.

Belarusian and Russian paratroopers are expected to practice a complex of special actions. They will practice landing a tactical force, performing reconnaissance, blocking, and elimination of the simulated enemy.

“We hold such exercises regularly both in Belarus and in Russia. It is no secret that Russian paratroopers have a lot of combat experience and we learn a lot from our Russian colleagues. Apart from that, the tactics of our actions differ greatly. Many stages of the exercise are not typical for us. In turn, it allows one to acquire new knowledge,” noted the deputy commanding officer, chief of the airborne service of the 38th Independent Guards Air Assault Brigade of the Belarusian army Vladimir Gnedchik.

BelTA reported earlier that this year's first Belarusian-Russian tactical exercise of Airborne Forces of Russia and the Special Operations Forces of Belarus' Armed Forces is taking place in Pskov Oblast, Russia on 18-21 February in the exercise areas Strugi Krasnyye and Zavelichye. More than 350 military personnel will be deployed for the exercise in addition to about 100 combat vehicles of the Pskov Guards Airborne Command and about 80 military personnel from the airborne unit of the Special Operations Forces of Belarus. Two Mi-24 helicopters, eight Mi-8 helicopters, and four IL-76 aircraft will also be deployed for the exercise.

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