Contents tagged with Russian military exercises

  • USA: Number of troops participating in Zapad-2017 military exercises was more than declared by Russia

    Washington is not afraid of a possible build-up of the Russian military presence at the borders of NATO countries after the Zapad 2017 exercises, as indicated by the Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, in response to questions from The Washington Post.

    "I cannot say for sure, but our people have been closely watching and they have no fears," the diplomat said. She added that the exercises were a "big show." "We watched it as much as we could," …

  • Russia conducts exercises of military aviation in the annexed Crimea

    Flight crews of Su-30SM multi-role fighter planes of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia have executed sea target bombings, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reported. A small-sized ship was used as a target for naval aviators to fulfill the task of destroying the mock enemy.

    "The results of direct hits are confirmed by telemetry and visually from unmanned aerial vehicles. To ensure the safety of combat exercises, more than 20 warships and auxiliary vessels, as well as aircraft of …

  • Russia conducts test launches of Kalibr missiles off the coast of Crimea

    The submarines “Rostov-on-Don” and “Novorossiysk” from the Russian Black Sea Fleet in annexed Crimea fired Kalibr missiles at ground and above-water targets in the Opuk training area in Black Sea waters, the Russian Defense Ministry press service reported.

    “The missiles were fired from a submerged position. During the firing, two practice Kalibr missiles were used. In order to ensure the security of the military exercises and close off the dangerous region, more than 20 combat ships and …

  • Russia conducts exercises of its missile forces in North Ossetia and Stavropol Krai

    One of the Southern Military District’s (SMD) missile units, equipped with Iskander missiles, has been put on high readiness state in order to carry out command and staff exercises in Stavropol Krai, SMD spokesperson Vadim Astafyev announced.

    “One of the SMD’s missile units, deployed in North Ossetia, has been placed on alert for training purposes, in order to carry out command and staff exercises at the Sernovodsk training ground in Stavropol Krai,” he said.

    According to him, the quick …

  • Russian Black Sea Fleet conducts military exercises off Crimean coast

    Ships and submarines from the Russian Black Sea Fleet in annexed Crimea set out to sea to work on planned military training exercises, Kryminform reports, citing Black Sea Fleet Spokesman Captain Vyacheslav Trukhachev.

    “Over the course of a few days, the ship crews will conduct exercises as ship strike, anti-submarine  and mine-sweeping tactical groups in collaboration with the shore-based missile and artillery units, naval aircraft and the anti-air defense fleet,” he announced.Trukhachev …

  • Polish Ministry of Defense: Ukraine’s information about Russian troops staying in Belarus after Zapad-2017 exercises should be taken seriously

    During a broadcast of Polish TV on Saturday, Polish Defense Minister, Antoni Macierewicz, stated that the Ukrainians are very well informed about the joint Russian-Belarusian exercises Zapad 2017, and suggested that   Ukraine’s information about that Russian troops staying in Belarus after these exercise should be taken seriously.

    "We are carefully studying the information from Ukraine. Ukraine is very well-versed in the affairs of Russians. I would treat their information very seriously," …

  • Russia announces withdrawal of all troops from Belarus after Zapad-2017 exercises

    A week after the completion of the Zapad-2017 exercises, Russia has withdrawn its last troops from the territory of Belarus, the press service for the exercises reports.

    It is reported that the last Russian echelon with military equipment and personnel has gone to its point of permanent deployment.

    "The last train with personnel and equipment of units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation that took part in the SSU-Zapad-2017 has departed for home from one of the railway stations in …

  • Ukraine: Russia only partially opened Zapad-2017 military exercises to observers

    Observers from Ukraine assessed the joint Russian-Belarusian exercise Zapad-2017 as "partially open." This was reported by the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces or Ukraine.

    According to the Staff, part of Zapad-2017 where international observers were allowed was not sufficiently open. "They did not allow representatives of the invited countries to make sure that the declared objectives of the exercises corresponded to the current norms and methods of the usage of troops," …

  • Lithuanian Ministry of Defense accuses Russia of 'simulating an attack' on Baltic states

    The head of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, Raimundas Karoblis, said that during the Belarusian-Russian Zapad-2017 tactical exercises, Russia worked on the scenarios for an attack on the Baltic States, reported   Lithuanian newspaper Respublika.

    “The fact that Russia simulated an attack on all the Baltic countries is important,” Karoblis stressed. He noted that during the exercises there were obvious decisions made of a tactical and strategic nature, and there was actual bombing near the …

  • Russia conducts exercise to break through enemy’s air defense system with Topol ballistic missile

    The Strategic Missile Troops (RVSN) have conducted tests of the RS-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), RIA Novosti New Agency reports quoting Russia’s Ministry of Defense.

    The launch of the missile, as specified by the Ministry, was made from the Kapustin Yar test range in the Astrakhan region. "The goal of the launch was to test advanced ballistic missile warheads," the Ministry explained. The missile with the experimental warhead "hit the hypothetical target with specified …