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Russian troops coming back after war games on border with Ukraine

May 20, 2014, 7:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

At military exercises servicemen drilled combat interoperability of military units and held fire drills

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MOSCOW, May 20 /ITAR-TASS/. On the order by Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu formations of Russian Armed Forces which passed war games in regions bordering Ukraine are coming back to their permanent bases, the press service of the Russian Defence Ministry told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

Russian President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin gave an order to complete military exercises and bring back troops from firing ranges in Rostov-on-Don, Belgorod and Bryansk regions to their permanent bases, the Kremlin press service reported earlier.

“Motor rifle, tank, artillery, engineering, reconnaissance and other units have fulfilled the whole scope of drills according to combat training plan at remote firing ranges in these regions,” the Russian Defence Ministry noted.

At military exercises servicemen drilled combat interoperability of military units and held fire drills. Commanders have drilled their command skills.

Troops will be returned in two stages: at first military units will march to railway stations and then military staff and military hardware will be delivered by train. “Presently commanders are specifying routes and order of marching to railway stations, military staff are removing tent camps, are loading equipment, material supplies and are forming columns of motor and armoured vehicles,” the ministry said.

After comeback to their permanent bases servicemen will continue training at organic fire ranges and training centres.

The Defence Ministry recalled the annual training cycle consists of two periods: the winter period of training ends on May 31 and a new summer period starts on June 1. All combat training plans are made for a year and are specified in November by the start of an academic year that will begin on December 1.

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