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25 September 2020, 17:15

Russian paratroopers leaving Belarus after joint army exercise

The exercise in progress. An archive photo
The exercise in progress. An archive photo

MOSCOW, 25 September (BelTA) – Russian paratroopers and military hardware are leaving Belarus' territory after taking part in the Belarusian-Russian army exercise Slavyanskoye Bratstvo 2020 [Slavonic Brotherhood], the Russian Defense Ministry told BelTA.

Russian paratroopers started loading hardware and personnel on trains at a railway station in Brest on 25 September in order to leave the country and move to their permanent stations.

Belarusian-Russian army exercise focuses on defense of Union State bordersBelarusian-Russian army exercise focuses on defense of Union State borders
According to Chief of the Air Force and Air Defense Command of the Armed Forces of Belarus, Major-General Igor Golub, Belarusian Air Force duty units and Russian units have already performed a number of missions.

The source reminded that on 23 September military transport aircraft IL-76MD of the Russian Aerospace Forces airlifted a battalion tactical group of Russian paratroopers and air dropped them in Belarus as part of the exercise.

A solemn closing ceremony took place in the army exercise area Brestsky. The military personnel, who had demonstrated outstanding skills in the course of the exercise, were awarded. Paratroops from the Belarusian army and the Russian one exchanged commemorative gifts and thanked each other for joint work.

Over 900 Russian military personnel and about 100 units of Russian hardware took part in the Belarusian-Russian army exercise Slavyanskoye Bratstvo 2020, which took place in Belarus on 14-25 September.

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