Russian Armed Forces intensify battle drills - Defense Ministry

Units of the Russian Armed Forces are stepping up their battle drills at training ranges of the Rostov, Belgorod, Tambov and Samara regions as part of their combat training plans, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release.

Units of the Russian Armed Forces are stepping up their battle drills at training ranges of the Rostov, Belgorod, Tambov and Samara regions as part of their combat training plans, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release.

"The main goal of the ongoing events is to comprehensively assess the units' teamwork and subsequently tackle combat training tasks on an unfamiliar terrain and untested training ranges," the ministry said.

The exercises include in two stages. At the first stage, the commanders and personnel of motorized rifle, artillery and tank divisions were re-deployed from their permanent bases to other districts with an unfamiliar terrain and worked together with Russian Railways representatives to load their military hardware onto railway trucks.

At the first stage of the drills, servicemen also practiced driving military and other special-purpose hardware on an unfamiliar terrain, reconnaissance of movement routes, engineer reconnaissance and fortification operations.

"At the moment, unit commanders are testing methods of organizing different kinds of battles, as well as military unit and fire command when tackling combat tasks, trying to act unconventionally, deceive an adversary and take him by surprise," the ministry said.

This stage of the drills is taking place in a complicated tactical environment, including a simulation of an imaginary adversary's actions.

The final stage of the event will involve live-fire exercises, as well as measures to enhance the units' teamwork and their commanders' skills to guide artillery fire.

The exercises are expected to continue until the end of March.

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