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As part of the drawing of the stage of the joint strategic exercise “West-2021”, the personnel of the motorized rifle unit of the Western Military District blocked an area with a settlement captured by illegal armed groups, which refused to lay down their arms and offered armed resistance.

Motorized riflemen of the Western Military District carried out blocking and clearing of the inhabited locality seized by illegal armed groups in cooperation with Mi-24 helicopters of army aviation and Su-25 assault aircraft, which inflicted fire damage and prevented the main forces of the simulated enemy from gaining a foothold in the fortified village.

The day before, the battalion personnel, having advanced to the enemy’s flank from an unexpected direction, crossed the water barrier on the move and blocked the escape routes for the units of the imaginary enemy.

With the support of armament of BMD-2 infantry fighting vehicles, fire of a flamethrower unit (RPO-A “Bumblebee”) and a grenade launcher platoon, motorized riflemen destroyed and cleared the settlement of illegal armed groups.

The joint strategic exercise (SSU) of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus is held every two years in accordance with the decision made 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) take place from 10 to 16 September 2021 at nine training grounds located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the water area of ​​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 personnel, about 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple launch rocket systems, take part in the SSU “West-2021” on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus 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 the territory of the Russian Federation does not exceed 6400 military personnel.

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

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