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NOVOROSSIISK, September 4. /TASS/. Russian, Serbian and Belarusian airborne troops supported by aircraft and artillery have destroyed a training camp of notional rebels in Exercise Slavic Brotherhood near the city of Novorossiisk, Maj. Irina Kruglova, Defense Ministry press officer for the Airborne Force, told journalists on Friday,
"The Serbian Special Forces group found the enemy and supported the main force. The Belarusian mobile group crossed a river, conducting live fire in the process, while the Russian parachute battalion acting as the main force destroyed a training camp of illegal armed groups," Kruglova said.
Having reached their mission’s target territory, the paratroopers from the three nations assumed their designated areas of responsibility and sealed off the area, the major added.
A Nona self-propelled mortar battery and a D-30 howitzer battalion were among units to provide fire support for the paratroops. An antitank platoon dealt with the armored vehicles of the notional enemy, using its Kornet missile systems.
According to Kruglova, the exercise also included operations of Sukhoi Su-24 (NATO reporting name Fencer) and Su-25 (Frogfoot) warplanes and Mil Mi-35 (Hind) helicopters.
"A pair of Su-25 attack aircraft performed three rocket strikes, a pair of Su-24 tactical bombers dropped bombs and Mi-35s twice hit rebel assembly areas," the Defense Ministry spokesperson recited, adding the attacks had eliminated the notional enemy’s command centers.
Exercise Slavic Brotherhood 2015 is taking place from September 2 to 5, with about 700 troops participating.