The units of the Pskov-based air assault division have been put on full alert as part of a strategic command post exercise conducted among the Russian Armed Forces, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
"Currently, the airborne troops are marching towards the areas of concentration and field command and control stations have been deployed. Once there, the airborne units will conduct a set of drills involving disguising engineering and radio intelligence and countering the aircraft and sabotage groups of a mock enemy," the ministry said in a statement obtained by Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
Afterwards, the troops will march towards airfields for further re-deployment to designated test and training ranges where they will complete tactical deployment tests, the statement said.
On March 17 a number of units and formations of the Baltic Fleet, Southern Military District and Airborne Troops were put on high alert and deployed to ground and navy test and training ranges as part of a strategic command post exercise among the Russian Armed Forces, led by the defense minister.
The exercise is part of the Russian Armed Forces' 2015 training plan.
Russian Supreme Commander in Chief Vladimir Putin has decided to check the readiness of Northern Fleet units and to assess the possibility of their reinforcement from central districts of Russia for operations under complex climatic conditions, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the National Defense Center.
Russia's Defense Ministry has denied the involvement of paratroopers from Pskov in the war in Ukraine after a secret funeral for servicemen took place in the north-western Russian city.
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