The troops of the Southern and Western military districts will begin to return from the southern Russian borders to the points of their permanent deployment in April 23. The statement was made by the Russian Defence Minister.
“The goals of the surprise inspection have been fully achieved. The troops demonstrated the ability to provide a reliable defense of the country. In this regard, I decided to complete the verification activities in the Southern and Western military districts, ” Shoigu said at a meeting in the Crimea (quoted by TASS).
On April 22, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Crimea, where the exercises of the Southern Military District and the Airborne Forces, which are part of a sudden global check of combat readiness, are taking place. Shoigu flew by helicopter around the areas of deployment of troops and military equipment, checked their readiness for the exercises.
According to him, during the check, actions on the anti-amphibious defense of the coast were worked out, the exercises involved coastal missile systems “Bal” and “Bastion”, drones “Inohodec”, patrol boats “Raptor”, as well as “other latest advanced weapons”.
Units of the field army, Air Force and Air defense units, warships and vessels, military units of the coastal troops of the Black Sea Fleet, part of the forces of the Caspian Flotilla of the Southern Military District, as well as units of the Airborne Troops will take part in the training ground “Opuk” in Crimea. The troops were transferred there a day before. A group of ships of the Black Sea Fleet, part of the forces of the Caspian Flotilla went to the area of the exercise a few days before.
Previously, on April 18, the Sunday Times reported that Britain would deploy its warships in the Black Sea in order to show solidarity with Ukraine and Britain’s NATO allies.