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A solemn meeting of the first railway military echelon with weapons and military equipment and servicemen of the Eastern Military District took place at the Maant railway station near Ulan Bator. Russian servicemen arrived in Mongolia to participate in the annual joint Russian-Mongolian exercise Selenga-2021.

The meeting was held according to Mongolian customs, the deputy head of the exercise was handed a “khadak”, symbolizing respect for the guests who arrived, the rest of the participants in the exercise were offered the national dish “aaruul”.

Colonel Bat-Erdene, Chief of the Logistics Department of the Ground Forces of the Mongolian Armed Forces, spoke at the podium, greeted the arriving Russian servicemen on the territory of Mongolia and wished them a successful joint exercise.

Also, Colonel Denis Prokofiev, deputy head of the exercise for practical actions, made a welcoming speech from the Russian side, he thanked for the warm welcome and wished to conduct the exercise at a high organizational level.

After the end of the rally dedicated to the solemn meeting of the participants in the exercise, Russian servicemen began unloading equipment from railway platforms and marched to the Doityn Am training ground over 50 km long, where training and the active phase of the exercise will take place.

Motorized rifle and tank units, a mortar battery, BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems, a flamethrower platoon, a barrel artillery unit, and a reconnaissance unit will take part in the international exercise from the Air Defense Forces. About 600 servicemen and over 100 pieces of weapons and military equipment from both sides will be involved.

The Selenga exercise is aimed at combating international terrorism. During the exercise, the military personnel of the two countries, using various tactics of modern combat, eliminate conditional illegal armed formations.

It should be noted that within the framework of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Armed Forces of Mongolia, the participation of the military personnel of the Eastern Military District in the celebrations is planned.

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The Russian-Mongolian exercise “Selenga” has been held annually since 2008. Until 2011, it was a tactical exercise with live fire and was called “Darkhan” (translated from the Mongolian “Builder”). In 2011, the maneuvers were renamed after the name of the river originating in Mongolia, flowing through the territory of the Republic of Buryatia and flowing into Lake Baikal. From that time on, the teachings began to have an anti-terrorist orientation.

Last year, the exercise was held at the Munh Khet training ground in Mongolia, during which the participants worked out the tasks of jointly destroying conditional illegal armed groups and protecting a settlement in the border area.

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