TIRASPOL, May 12. /TASS/. More than 400 servicemen of the Russian task force in Transdniestria are taking part in scheduled drills with a live-firing exercise, Task Force Chief Dmitry Zelenkov said on Thursday.
The maneuvers that will last through May 19 also involve over 50 items of military hardware, the chief added.
According to him, the maneuvers aim to check the servicemen’s combat readiness and training.
During the exercise, the servicemen will practice engineer training, radiation and chemical protection and electronic warfare.
The servicemen will also practice defensive and offensive actions as part of the peace-keeping mission.
"We are not going to act on the offensive. We are learning to counteract [the enemy] in case of an escalation of the conflict in the security area," Zelenkov said.
The Russian task force in Transdniestria is the successor to the 14th All-Arms Army that was brought under Russia’s jurisdiction after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Today, the Russian task force numbers about 1,000 servicemen who take part in the peace-keeping operation in cooperation with Moldavian and Transdniestria military personnel.