Russian warships on their way to assembly area in Black Sea
Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly issued instructions to conduct the drills in the southern Black Sea region with the aim of boosting combat capability of troops.
The Black Sea exercises involve about 7,000 servicemen, 250 armored vehicles, more than 50 guns, over 20 warplanes and helicopters, plus around 30 warships.
Some 250 armored vehicles, 30 warships and up to 7,000 troops are taking part in the Russian Navy drills that are underway in the Black Sea region, a defense ministry spokesperson has said.
The ongoing war games are the second military exercise this year. The start of Black Sea drills was announced early Thursday by President Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
He said the exercises also involved up to 20 warplanes and military helicopters and a score of artillery unites.
Earlier this year, a rare unannounced drill revealed a low level of combat readiness in Russian army’s central and southern military districts.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of military exercises in the Black Sea region on Thursday, his spokesman said, in a move that may create tensions with Russia's post-Soviet neighbours Ukraine and Georgia.
Putin issued the order at 4 a.m. Moscow time (0400 GMT) as he flew back from an international summit in South Africa, his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters.
Voice of Russia, RIA, TASS, Reuters