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Russian Emergencies Ministry to hold massive drills ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15

MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS/. Russian rescuers will hold massive drills ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off this summer in 11 cities across the country drawing millions of football fans worldwide, Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said on Wednesday.

"The governance bodies and the personnel of the Unified State System of Preventing and Eliminating Emergency Situations will be involved in the drills in May," Puchkov said adding that the planned drills would be held on the large scale.

Deputy Emergencies Minister Vladlen Aksyonov said earlier in the day that over 40, 000 personnel from the ministry would be deployed to ensure safety and security during the much-anticipated global football championship in Russia.

According to Aksyonov, "…Russia’s Emergencies Ministry will deploy a grouping of forces and resources in two echelons, with a reserve of over 40,000 personnel and more than 4,400 pieces of equipment."

A week ago, the world’s governing football body, FIFA, announced the opening of the 3rd and final stage of ticket sales for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Before the opening of the final sales window FIFA announced that a total of 1,698,049 tickets had been allocated to football fans worldwide since the launch of Phase One of ticket sales in September 2017.

Over 164,000 tickets were purchased within 24 hours after the launch of the final stage of sales on April 18, according to FIFA.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 49 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.