The Internal Troops of the Russian Interior Ministry are holding a large-scale exercise in Russia.
"In all, the drill involves about 40,000 personnel and about 1,500 units of military and special hardware," Russian First Deputy Interior Minister and Internal Troops Commander-in-chief Col. Gen. Viktor Zolotov told reporters on Monday.
The drill on the subject of "Deploying troops in a complicated operational environment in Russian regions" is currently held across all of Russia, including its Northwestern, Central, Volga, North Caucasus, Southern and Crimean Federal Districts, he said. .
In addition, the drill involves the Internal Troops general headquarters, command and control bodies, as well as Internal Troops military schools based in Novosibirsk, Saratov and Perm, and security officers.
The initial stage, from April 2 to 6, saw the Internal Troops practicing interaction with other branches of forces in a complicated operational environment in Russian regions, the commander said. The second stage, which began on Monday and will last through April 10, will focus on measures to stabilize the situation in Russian regions.
Zolotov highly praised the skills demonstrated by the Internal Troops from the North Caucasus Regional Command during the exercise.
"During a drill to eliminate insurgent groups which seized a populated area, the participants demonstrated high combat skills and cohesion," he said, summing up the outcomes of the maneuvers.
"North Caucasus fighters are shouldering the main burden of providing law and orders across southern Russia and protecting the civilian population from terrorists and extremists," he said.
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