Russia creates southern military district

10:16, October 05, 2010      

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The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Monday the creation of a new military district embracing territory of southern Russia.

The southern military district has been set up to replace the North Caucasus military district, which has been subsequently disbanded, said a spokesman for the ministry in Rostov-on-Don, where the headquarters of the district were located.

The former Commander of the North Caucasus military district, Gen. Alexander Galkin, took over command of the newly-established military formation that included 70,000 servicemen, 609 tanks, 2, 000 armored vehicles, 450 antiaircraft systems among other equipment.

According to Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, the southern military district "is fulfilling a number of specific tasks," such as fighting terrorism together with other law enforcement agencies, restraining Georgia from its breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, keeping permanent naval presence in Ukraine and fulfilling air defense tasks outside Russia.

"Pooling all means and resources deployed in the region under one leadership will considerably enhance the combat capability of the group," the minister was quoted as saying by local news agencies.

Source: Xinhua


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