Contents tagged with exercises

  • US and Japanese Navy conduct exercises off coast of Korean Peninsula

    Not far from the shores of the Korean Peninsula, American and Japanese sailors are working together in military operations. The US Navy aircraft carrier strike group and Japanese Navy ships are conducting exercises, according to a report in the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun.

    The purpose of the exercises is to exert pressure on North Korea in light of the country’s continuing ballistic missile tests. The maneuvers involve two Japanese destroyers – Ashigara  and Samidare – and will last …

  • Turchynov: Russia’s divisions are capable of invading Ukraine in 2-3 hours

    Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, considers it possible that the joint Belarusian-Russian “Zapad 2017” military exercises could be preparation for an offensive operation by Russia.

    He made a statement to this effect during his speech which was broadcast by TV channel 112 Ukraine.

    “A group of Russian ground forces is already deployed along the national borders of Ukraine, which includes up to 50,000 soldiers, not counting the …

  • Security Service of Ukraine will hold anti-terrorist exercises near the Crimea

    Anti-terrorist exercises will be held on April 21st in the Henichesk district of the Kherson region which borders on the Russian-annexed Crimea, as reported by Krym.Realii.

    "These are ordinary systematic drills, which we conduct from time to time," the head of the Kherson SBU HQ administration’s press service, Victoria Shakula, explained.

    According to her, the exercise will be conducted by the Coordinating Group of the Antiterrorist Center under the management of SBU (Security Service of …

  • Russia-backed separatists carry out military exercises in eastern Ukraine

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    In recent weeks active military exercises of the individual units of the so-called "people's militia of the LPR" were held in the separatist-held areas of the Luhansk region. In particular, the separatists conducted air defense exercises, held tank crew practice, and conducted tactical training for engineering units, as well as electronic warfare units.

    At the Uspenskyi training ground, exercises with the engineering units of " …

  • Ukraine will hold large-scale air defense exercises this year

    The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has planned to conduct large-scale exercises with live firing of Buk and S-300 air defense systems.

    This was reported on the General Staff‘s Facebook page.

    "Today, anti-aircraft missile forces are the main force for deterring the enemy from the air. In 2016, after a long break, the S-300P has started shooting once more. Plans for 2017 are even more ambitious," said the report.

    It is noted that increased attention will be paid to combat shooting …

  • Ukrainian Defense Ministry concerned over Belarus' and Russia's plan to hold military exercises later this year

    The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is concerned about the impending Russian-Belarusian Armed Forces Zapad-2017 joint military exercise, as stated by the First Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine, Ivan Rusnak, during a meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller.

    "The situation in the area of the antiterrorist operation [the Donbas] remains tense. In addition, the strategic exercises of the Russian and Belarusian armed forces Zapad-2017, which will be held this autumn, are cause …

  • Russia begins tactical aviation exercises in Crimea

    On April 4th, the tactical aviation of the Southern Military District in the Crimea and the Russian Volgograd region was raised on alert in the framework of flight and tactical exercises, said Colonel Vadim Astafyev, chief of the South Ossetia press service, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    “In the Crimea and the Volgograd region, pilots of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Southern Military District were raised on alert in accordance with the training and combat alert in the framework of flight …

  • Russian military conducts artillery exercises in annexed Crimea

    On Sunday, April 2, artillery drills were conducted by the Russian Army and Russian Marine Corps in the annexed Crimea.

    This was related by Captain 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev, chief of the information department of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet.

    “In Crimea, at the sea training site of Opuk, exercises of the Black Sea Fleet’s army and marine infantry artillery units were conducted as part of the final inspection of the winter training period to verify the combat readiness of these …

  • Russia will send strategic bombers to Tajikistan to participate in military exercises

    To participate in joint Russian-Tajik exercises, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation will send Tu-95MS strategic bombers to Tajikistan. TASS announced the development citing a message from the Ministry of Defense itself.In addition to the Tu-95MS, the crews of the Tu-22MZ rocket carriers will also fly to Tajikistan. The aircraft will fly for several hours, after which they will hit targets at the Kharbmaydon, Momirac and Moscovian ranges.Command and staff exercises to manage the …

  • Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament: Russia could use Zapad-2017 exercises for direct aggression

    The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, said that the joint Russian-Belarusian exercises "Zapad-2017" (West-2017), which will be held in the fall of 2017, could be used for direct aggression or sabotage against Ukraine, Ukrinform news agency reports.

    "The current ‘West-2017’ military exercises cause concern in Ukraine ... We should not exclude the worst case scenario: the use of exercises to at minimum to discredit Belarus, and at maximum - to carry out direct aggression …