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Caucasus awaiting new military exercises2009-06-19 16:53
The fourth and seventh of the Russian ground forces military brigades currently dislocated in South Ossetia and Abkhazia are going to take part in the Caucasus-2009 strategic military exercises scheduled for June, 29 - July, 6. This fact was reported by Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces Vladimir Boldyrev.
"Now that 46 brigades have been formed, their military training intensity is going to be enhanced, - RIA Novosti is quoting Boldyrev. - Alongside with the North-Caucasus region unit, there is Black Sea Fleet, Caspian Fleet and the Air Force Command that are also going to be involved in the Caucasus-2009 military exercises. Vladimir Boldyrev also underlined that the Caucasus-2009 exercises are included into the program of military forces training, the large-scale Autumn-2009 maneuvers that are going to comprise a number of strategic exercises. "It is also planned to hold a number of international military exercises: Russian-Chinese, Russian-Belarusian and including other foreign armies as well, - Interfax is quoting Boldyrev. - On the whole, it is planned to
hold about 800 tactical maneuvers with combat firing at the brigade, battalion and squadron level".
According to the Russian general, several ground areas have been specially allocated for the military training in the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, where battle practice grounds, armor training areas and automobile tracks have been organized. "Now the military personnel is undergoing full-scale military training, - Boldyrev underlined. - The units are being trained both at night and at day time. On the whole, the intensity of the military training and the quality of the exercises is no lower that those of the ground forces located in the Russian territory". Besides, the Russian military bases deployed within the territory of those republics represent fully combat-ready forces, Commander-in-Chief assured. "They are able to perform certain tasks aimed at protecting the peaceful populace both from the possible acts of terrorism and direct aggression".
According to the idea of the military, the Caucasus-2009 military training is going to play a positive role in stabilizing the situation on the Caucasus. According to RIA Novosti, the maneuvers are going to include eight and a half thousand people, 200 tanks, 450 armored cars and 250 pieces of artillery. An undisclosed source of the RF Ministry of Defense has recently stated the following: "One of the primary goals is the counter-terrorist events, territorial and civil defense organization and troops handling during the elimination of the terrorist organizations". The source has also pointed out that the exercises had been planned at the end of last year.