Over 10,000 soldiers of the Southern Military District of Russia organized in battalion tactical groups starts exercises at 20 training grounds on the south Russia and in Abkhazia, Armenia and North Ossetia – the district command in Rostov-on-Don.
They will also take part in the maneuvers subunits of coastal protection of the Black Sea and Caspian Fleets. The aim of the exercises is to learn new tactical actions in reconnaissance and strike groups, including artillery, aviation and snipers.
Drone combat units, groups, will also take part in the exercises counteracting chemical attacks and radio-electronic camouflage– the command of the Southern Military District in Rostov-on-Don announced on Wednesday.
Southern Military District (POW) – according to materials Center for Eastern Studies in Warsaw – is the smallest of the main administrative units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in terms of territory, it has remained one of the strongest and most involved in state-led armed conflicts since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
It bore the main burden of both wars in Chechnya and hitting on Georgia in 2008, and now – together with its subordinate Black Sea Fleet – the main responsibility for actions against Ukraine and the conduct of a military operation in Syria.