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Russian Paratroopers Land in South Russia in Snap Inspection

Sputnik News

09:43 23.03.2016(updated 10:17 23.03.2016)

Two parts of Russia's Airborne Forces divisions landed in the Orenburg Region as part of inspections.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Two of Russia's Airborne Forces divisions landed in the Orenburg Region as part of snap combat readiness inspections, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

The inspection is part of strategic command-staff training on Russian Armed Forces management that began on Tuesday.

"The Tula and Ivanovo divisions of the Airborne Forces landed on an Orenburg Region training ground as part of Airborne Forces snap combat readiness inspections ordered by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces," the statement reads.

Over 400 paratroopers and 10 pieces of military equipment landed at the Totskoye range in the region aboard 15 military-transport aviation aircraft.

"The divisions immediately began the task of blocking a simulated illegal armed group after landing," the ministry noted.

Earlier, the two divisions were joined by the Ulyanovsk division to be brought to highest combat readiness level for a combined march of nearly 1,000 miles.

The snap inspection involves around 30,000 personnel, around 3,800 pieces of arms and military equipment, and over 100 aircraft.


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