Russia to start week-long drills

20:06, June 28, 2010      

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Military drills "Vostok-2010" scheduled for June 29 to July 8 in Russia's Siberia and Far East will be of solely defensive nature, the Chief of Staff of Russian Armed Forces Chief of Joint Staff said Monday.

Nikolay Makarov said Vostok-2010 is the biggest-scale military drill this year and it will be the continuation of the drills "Osen-2009" conducted in western Russia and Belarus last fall, local media reported.

"Vostok-2010" drills will center at Tsugol training ground. Ukrainian Defense Minister Mikhail Yezhel has been invited to observe the drills.

Tens of thousands of troops, SU-24M bombers and SU-34 fighters, Pacific fleet warships and special equipment will participate in the exercises. The forces will conduct operations including anti-aircraft defense, airborne and marine landing. Army units will work closely with the troops of Emergencies Ministry, Interior ministry, Federal Border Service and other militarized units.

The task of the war game is to "guard Russia's sea borders, prevent poaching and counter piracy."



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