14 Jan. 2022 22:52 clock
Winter inspections have begun among troops in Russia’s Far East, the Defense Ministry said, while Moscow holds talks with NATO to ease tensions.
On Friday, Russian Defense Ministry officials said that the troops of the Eastern Military District, which covers the vast land area from Siberia to the Sea of Japan, are undergoing inspections and maneuvers to check their military readiness.
The ministry said this includes live ammunition drills at ranges. Particular attention is paid to the readiness of the soldiers for a quick deployment.
“The military forces of the Russian Federation are continuing the planned exercises for the winter period. In preparation for the strategic maneuvers ‘Vostok-2022’, surprise readiness inspections are being conducted among the troops of the Eastern Military District,” the statement said.
“These efforts will help assess the readiness of the Eastern Military District troops to carry out their assignments after they have been reorganized across the long distances of the territory of the Russian Federation.”
In December, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the ‘Vostok’ (‘East’) and ‘Grom’ (‘Thunder’) maneuvers planned for 2022. In addition to exercises in the far east of the country, exercises are also said to take place in western Russia, including in areas bordering Ukraine.
Simultaneously with the last exercises, Moscow diplomats are meeting with representatives of the USA and NATO this week in Europe to discuss security in the region and a military de-escalation.
The Russian News Agency TASS reported last week that according to a ministry source, ‘Grom’ is the designation for nuclear-armed forces drills planned for early 2022.
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