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MOSCOW, April 17 (Itar-Tass) — Russian and Belarussian paratrooper battalions begin a three-day joint exercise in the area of the Gozhsky firing range near Grodno on Tuesday, spokeswoman for Russian airborne troops Irina Kruglova told Itar-Tass.
The drill is timed with Military Glory Day /the day of the victory of Russian warriors led by Prince Alexander Nevsky over German knights on Chudskoye Lake in the ice battle of 1242/.
It is also part of the plan of cooperation between the defense ministries of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
Kruglova said taking part in the exercise for Russia will be a unit of the Pskov-based 76th paratroopers’ division, and a battalion of the 103rd special operations brigade deployed in Vitebsk, Belarus.
“During the training, Belarussian paratroopers will provide to their Russian colleagues means of communication, small arms, ammunition, motor transport and armored personnel carriers for the exercise,” the spokeswoman said.
The Russian airborne troops have already arrived in Belarus. On April 14, they were flown by a Russian military transport plane to Belarus’ airfield Lida, and taken by motor transport to the place of destination.
“It is special responsibility and honor to take part in the drill for the servicemen of the Pskov airborne troops formation, which is named after Alexander Nevsky. The joint exercise of Russian and Belarussian paratroopers will help improve interaction between servicemen of the Union State, strengthen military cooperation, and the traditions of friendship between paratrooper units," Kruglova said.