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Offensive repulsed during Belarusian-Russian army exercise Union Shield 2019

Society 16.09.2019 | 19:16
Photo courtesy of the Defense Ministry
Photo courtesy of the Defense Ministry

MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – Units of the 120th Mechanized Brigade repulsed an offensive of the simulated enemy during the second stage of the Belarusian-Russian tactical army exercise Union Shield 2019, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Defense Ministry website.

According to the source, supported by artillery fire, tactical air defense units, and Air Force units, the brigade repulsed an offensive launched by the main ground forces of the enemy and destroyed a number of enemy personnel and armored vehicles.

In the course of the battle the mechanized infantry and artillery personnel demonstrated cohesion and good defensive combat skills.

BelTA reported earlier that the Belarusian-Russian army exercise Union Shield 2019 began in the Mulino exercise area in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Oblast on 13 September. Some 12,000 military personnel, up to 950 units of military hardware, up to 70 aircraft and helicopters are taking part in the exercise. OSCE member states have been notified about it in line with the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures. The Belarusian army is represented by over 4,000 military personnel, more than 30 tanks, 80 armored fighting vehicles, about 50 MLRS, artillery, and mortar units as well as aircraft and helicopters.

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