Contents tagged with Russian military exercises

  • Kremlin: Russia intends to conduct major military exercises every five years

    Russia intends to conduct major military exercises every five years, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Russia 1 TV channel, reported RIA Novosti.

    He said that when the Supreme Commander-in-Chief [Putin] approves a plan for carrying out major maneuvers next year, a “main outline” of events is given. “The only thing that does not fall into this plan are unexpected inspections. Naturally, we have been planning these exercises and we plan to conduct them every five years,” the …

  • Russia announces largest military drills since 1981

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu has announced the largest military exercise since 1981, involving roughly 300,000 soldiers and 36,000 units of ground equipment, RBC news agency reports.

    Speaking to reporters in Abakan, Shoygu said that the Vostok 2018 (“East 2018”) drills will be held from 11 to 15 September, and will be the largest since 1981.

    “In some way they repeat ‘Zapad-81’, but in some way, perhaps, they are even larger in scale,” Shoygu commented. According to him, the drills …

  • Russia launches large-scale aviation exercises near the Ukrainian border and in annexed Crimea

    The Russian Federation has launched large-scale aviation exercises for the Southern military district, involving roughly one hundred aircraft and helicopters. The Air Defense and the Black Sea Fleet forces will take part in the exercises, which are set to take place in the Rostov region, Krasnodar Krai, and annexed Crimea, the Interfax agency reports, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense. During the exercises, aircraft will land on a prepared airfield in the Rostov region and will perform …

  • Rockets from Russian-made submarines found on the Polish coast of the Baltic Sea

    Signal rockets for Russian-made Baltic Sea submarines were found in three places on the Polish coast over several days, Polish channel RMF24 reports.

    The KSP rockets that were found are called signal buoys. They come from a Kilo-class submarine. The only such boat in the Polish fleet is ORP Orzeł. According to local sailors, the rockets could not have been fired from this boat. According to the Polish military, the rockets could have been used by Russians at a sea training site during …

  • Russia carries out naval exercises in the Baltic Sea

    The Russian Federation Navy’s Baltic fleet comprising 24 warships and various support vessels has been deployed in the Baltic Sea as part of its military exercises in the Kaliningrad region, reported.

    Naval aviation conducted training in the same area, conducting bomb strikes on ground targets. The maneuvers took place in the Dobrovolsky military firing range, located on the border with Lithuania.

    Russia has been conducting military exercises in the Baltic Sea on a regular basis. …

  • Russia blocks part of the Azov Sea for Ukrainian vessels due to navy exercises

    Russia has started firing exercises in the Azov Sea, closing two thousand square kilometers of the sea for Ukrainian vessels as an ultimatum, military reporter Andriy Tsaplienko stated on Facebook, noting that this distance to the Ukrainian coast violates the convention on the Law of the Sea.

    “The threat is approaching our shores,” the statement reads. “Russia is closing two thousand square kilometers of the Azov Sea for Ukrainian vessels as an ultimatum.  Firing exercises are said to be …

  • Russia begins military exercises in the Crimea

    In the annexed Crimea, the Russian military have begun exercises for mastering the detection of enemy vessels, Krym.Realii reports.  

    The press-service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet reported that the Fleet’s coastal missile systems take part in these exercises.  The Russian military currently have the Bastion and Bal coastal missiles systems deployed in the Crimea. Command-staff exercises of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s missile brigade are conducted at the training site in the Crimea.  

    “In …

  • Russian warships to conduct military exercises near Syria

    According to the international notification for aviation personnel (NOTAM) and navigational warnings for seafarers, the Russian Navy will conduct exercises near the coast of Syria.

    An area along the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean Sea will be closed for firing exercises that will be conducted by the Russian fleet. It will be closed on April 11-12, 17-19 and 25-26 from 10 am to 6 pm Moscow time.

    According to Interfax, as part of the permanent operational group of the Russian Navy in the …

  • Latvia urges its citizens not to be afraid of Russian military exercises

    Latvian deputy Artis Pabriks assured the general public that there was no reason to be afraid of Russian military exercises. "We aren’t afraid of Russian military exercises. We will keep an eye on them, and remain vigilant and confident in ourselves, our state and our freedom. Don’t let them ruin Easter for us," he wrote on Twitter

    Russian naval forces informed Latvia that it would conduct training launches of missiles in the Baltic Sea from April 4 to 6. The Russian Federation asked Latvia to …

  • Japan protests against Russian air drills in Kuril Islands

    Japan has filed a protest with Russia concerning Russian air drills over the island of Iturup, Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno said in response to questions from MPs of the Lower House.

    On Monday, two Russian Su-35 fighters executed a drill to relocate from Khabarovsk Krai to the Burevestnik reserve military airbase on Iturup Island, covering a distance of over 2,000 kilometers. The exercise was done in order to improve their flight training and their experience in defending Russia’s air …