Russia conducting biggest military drill since Soviet era

2013-07-16 16:33:00

The war games in eastern Russia is participated by 60,000 troops, 130 planes, 70 ships and thousands of tanks and armored vehicles

Russia conducting biggest military drill since Soviet era

Russia is conducting the biggest military exercise since the Soviet times since last Friday with the participation of 160,000 troops, 1,000 tanks and armoured vehicles, 130 airplanes and helicopters as well as 70 ships. Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Russia's eastern Sakhalin island on Tuesday to oversee the war games, and he was accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. "The main purpose of the activities is to check the readiness of the military units to perform assigned tasks and evaluate of the level of personnel's training and technical preparation as well as the level of equipment of units with arms and military equipment," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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