The troops of the Southern and Western military districts will begin to return from the southern Russian borders to the points of their permanent deployment on April 23. The statement was made by the Russian Defence Minister.
“The goals of the surprise inspection have been fully achieved. The troops demonstrated the ability to provide a reliable defense of the country. In this regard, I decided to complete the verification activities in the Southern and Western military districts, ” Shoigu said at a meeting in the Crimea (quoted by TASS).
On April 22, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Crimea, where the exercises of the Southern Military District and the Airborne Forces, which are part of a sudden global check of combat readiness, are taking place. Shoigu flew by helicopter around the areas of deployment of troops and military equipment, checked their readiness for the exercises.
According to him, during the check, actions on the anti-amphibious defense of the coast were worked out, the exercises involved coastal missile systems “Bal” and “Bastion”, drones “Inohodec”, patrol boats “Raptor”, as well as “other latest advanced weapons”……’
MOSCOW — Russia’s defense minister on Thursday ordered troops back to their permanent bases following massive drills amid tensions with Ukraine, but said they should leave their weapons behind in western Russia for another exercise later this year.