MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces are carrying out planned combat training measures amid restrictions introduced over the coronavirus pandemic, Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said at the ministry’s conference call on Tuesday.
"Let me emphasize that all the combat training measures are being carried out as planned amid restrictions. Over 100,000 servicemen are daily practicing tasks at training grounds, employing about 3,000 items of armament and military hardware," the defense chief said.
In March, the Russian troops will start preparations for military parades to mark the 76th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, Shoigu said.
"In this regard, I request the operational headquarters to organize the vaccination of servicemen participating in the training of parade teams," the defense minister said.
During their combat training, the Russian Navy’s surface ships, submarines and support vessels are accomplishing course tasks. Russia’s Aerospace Force has organized training flights. In January, a part of these flights took place in the Arctic zone. The crews fulfilled assignments over the Arctic Ocean with mid-air refueling, Shoigu said.
The Russian Army has started the first stage of competitions as scheduled to prepare for the International Army Games, the defense minister said. "The fulfillment of planned measures will allow the troops to accomplish the entire range of their assigned tasks," the defense chief said.