Russia’s military launched training exercises on Tuesday for its rocket forces in Siberia amid increased tensions with the West over Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s region of Crimea.
A spokesman for Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces said about 10,000 troops would take part in the March 25 to 29 exercises in western Siberia’s Omsk region and Orenburg in the southern Urals, more than 2,000 kilometres from Russia’s border with Ukraine.
Earlier this month, Russia staged a military exercise involving 8,500 soldiers near its border with Ukraine after the toppling of that country’s pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych amid a popular uprising and violent street clashes.
The results of snap combat readiness drills conducted last month have confirmed that training in the Russian military has improved, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
“The intensity and quality of the forces’ training have improved,” Putin said at a ceremony attended by senior commanders.
Putin added the improvement was aided by defense purchases last year, which have equipped the Russian army and navy with…
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