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Over 8,000 missile and artillery troops hold live-fire exercise in Russia’s south

The exercises took place at 30 training ranges

MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Over 8,000 missile and artillery troops held a simultaneous live-fire exercise at 30 training ranges in Southern Russia, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District reported on Tuesday.

"The drills paid special attention to counter-battery fire (artillery duels) and firings as part of reconnaissance and fire and reconnaissance and strike contours… At the concluding stage, the drills involved large-scale missile launches and firings from the Iskander, Bal and Bastion missile systems, Tornado-G and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems, Msta-S, Akatsiya and Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers, Nona self-propelled guns and other launchers," the press office said in a statement.

Overall, the drills involved more than 8,000 personnel, about 3,000 missile and artillery systems at the practice ranges in the Astrakhan, Rostov, Volgograd, Krasnodar and Stavropol Regions, the republics of North Caucasus and in Crimea, and also on the territories of the Russian military bases in Abkhazia, Armenia and South Ossetia, the statement says.