Russia's Eastern Military District holds large-scale drills

Xinhua Published: 2017-07-13 14:16:30
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Russia's Eastern Military District (EMD) held large-scale drills within firing range of the Far Eastern region and the federal subject of Zabaikalsky Krai, its press service said Thursday in a statement.

Iskander missile launchers are driven during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow. The Russian military said Oct. 20, 2016 it conducted drills involving Iskander missiles near the nation's western border, amid tensions in relations with the West. [File Photo: AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko]

Iskander missile launchers are driven during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow. The Russian military said Oct. 20, 2016 it conducted drills involving Iskander missiles near the nation's western border, amid tensions in relations with the West. [File Photo: AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko]

"During the practical exercises, grenadiers will learn how to conduct reconnaissance, how to set the aim and fire various targets in difficult weather conditions, including a strong side wind," the statement said.

In addition, the servicemen also conducted an exercise on destroying enemy ground troops and snipers, the statement added.

Over 2,000 grenadiers were involved in the drills within firing range of Russia's EMD, including the Republic of Buryatia, the Khabarovsk Krai (province), the Primorsky Krai, the Zabaikalsky Krai and the Sakhalin Oblast (region).

The Eastern Military District is one of four operational strategic commands of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Headquartered in the Far East city of Khabarovsk, the EMD is in charge of all military affairs in the Zabaikalsky Krai and Far East Region. 

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