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The advanced units and the command of the Pskov Guards Airborne Assault Formation of the Airborne Forces participating in the Russian-Belarusian strategic exercise “West-2021”, together with the leadership headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, conducted a reconnaissance of the Brest and Obuz-Lesnovsky ranges, examined the sites for the forthcoming landing of an operational-tactical assault force.

During the active phase of the exercise, paratroopers from Russia and Belarus will have to practice airborne assault actions: to airborne personnel and equipment, destroy a simulated enemy in the landing area, hold advantageous lines and ensure successful actions of the main grouping of troops (forces).

As part of the preparatory stage, at the points of permanent deployment of units taking part in practical actions, the shooting of AK-74M assault rifles, RPG-7D grenade launchers and PKM machine guns and weapons of combat vehicles was carried out. Preparations have been made for the landing of airborne combat vehicles.

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The CFM Board of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus is held every two years in accordance with the decision adopted by the heads of the two states.

Exercise “West-2021” is the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation this year.

Practical actions of troops (forces) will take place from 10 to 16 September at nine training grounds located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the Baltic Sea, as well as at five training grounds of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus.

In total, up to 200 thousand military personnel will take part in the SSU “West-2021” on the territory of Russia and Belarus, about 80 aircraft and helicopters will be involved, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple launch rocket systems and mortars , as well as up to 15 ships.

The maximum number of personnel of military units involved in training, subject to the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence and Security Building Measures, on the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6,400 servicemen.

The return of military command and control bodies and troops to their permanent deployment points after participation in the exercise is planned until mid-October.

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