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Russia-Belarus military drills begin in Russian Central Military District

March 29, 13:12 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Two battalion tactical groups, which will be fulfilling tasks in different directions under the general command, have been formed within the exercise framework
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MOSCOW, March 29. /TASS/. Units of Russia’s Airborne Forces and Belarusian special forces have begun joint exercises in the Central Military District of Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service told reporters on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, two battalion tactical groups, which will be fulfilling tasks in different directions under the general command, have been formed within the exercise framework.

"The first grouping will act at a southern range of the Central Military District, and the second group, reinforced with a unit of the special operations forces of the Republic of Belarus - at the Polivna range (in the Ulyanovsk region). On Tuesday, both battalion tactical groups were alarmed and put on the high alert level," the ministry said.

During the first phase of the drills, the Russian and Belarusian military deployed a joint command post, conducted reconnaissance of the maneuvers’ area using drones, as well as drilled preparations for landing and combat operations, the Defense Ministry added.

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