The large-scale military drills held in the European part of Russia as part of snap combat-readiness checks among the troops and forces of the Northern Fleet, the Western Military District and Airborne Troops, are ending on Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The drills began on March 16 at the behest of the Supreme Commander-in-chief of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin. The drills aimed to check the combat readiness of the Northern Fleet and assess the potential to increase the Arctic grouping of troops from central Russian regions for missions under difficult climate conditions.
Russian Defense Minister Army Gen. Sergei Shoigu said that the snap drills involved around 76,000 troops, over 10,000 armored vehicles, 65 warships, 16 support vessels, 15 submarines and over 200 planes and helicopters.
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