BREST, 18 April (BelTA) – A solemn ceremony to end a Belarusian-Russian battalion-level tactical exercise featuring live fire took place in the exercise area Brestsky on 18 April, BelTA has learned.
About 1,000 military personnel representing the 38th Independent Guards Air Assault Brigade and the 103rd Independent Guards Airborne Brigade as well as 106th Guards Tula Airborne Division took part in the exercise. According to Commander of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Belarus Vadim Denisenko, the format of the exercise was complicated, with the troops going on missions by day and at night.
According to the source, the troops demonstrated smooth actions. They carried out the entire set of assigned missions, including the organization of ambushes, blocking and elimination of illegal armed units. The troops used the weapon systems a paratrooper brigade is supposed to have starting with howitzers and ending with mortars and flamethrowers. The troops also practiced eliminating the enemy using mines and explosives, silent and cold weapons.
It was the second joint exercise of Belarusian and Russian paratroopers this year. Virtually one month ago Belarusian paratroopers came back from Ulyanovsk. “Ending the first half of this academic year, I would like to note that all the tasks specified by the bilateral plan on international military cooperation between Belarusian special forces and Russian paratroopers have been fulfilled,” Vadim Denisenko said.
He added that a battalion of the 38th brigade will travel to Russian Ryazan in August-September where a Belarusian-Russian-Egyptian exercise will take place. A battalion of the 106th division will arrive in Belarus in October to participate in a brigade exercise of their Brest colleagues. Representatives of the special operations forces will also take part in the Belarusian-Russian exercise Union Shield.More about Society