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14 September 2021, 14:28

Troops to practice defense, counterattack in Belarus army training area during Zapad 2021 exercise

Photo courtesy of the Defense Ministry
Photo courtesy of the Defense Ministry

MINSK, 14 September (BelTA) – As part of the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2021 units of the regional military group will have to repulse an offensive of the enemy, enable conditions for a counterattack and carry it out in the military training area Obuz-Lesnovsky on 14 September, the Belarusian Defense Ministry told BelTA.

Meanwhile, an airborne insertion of the main body of a tactical assault force acting in support of the offensive will take place in the training area Brestsky. Simultaneous landing in two locations within a narrow time window greatly improves the efficiency of the landing operation, the Defense Ministry stressed.

According to the source, in the Obuz-Lesnovsky training area missile and artillery forces, tactical aviation and army aviation are about to start providing support to the offensive of the regional military force. Mi-24 helicopters of the Air Force and Air Defense Command of Belarus' Armed Forces and Ka-52 helicopters of the army aviation of Russia's Armed Forces will provide aerial coverage to the attacking army units by destroying the targets marked by the troops on the ground.

Foreign military attaches from 18 countries, observers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states, delegations of the CIS Executive Committee and the Secretariat of the CIS Defense Ministers Council, and a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross observe the episode of the military exercise in the Obuz-Lesnovsky training area.

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