Russia Begins Unprecedentedly Large Mass Destruction Defense Drills

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The number of Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Defense troops taking part in the exercises is unprecedentedly high.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's Strategic Missile Forces have started drills to identify and assess the consequences of using weapons of mass destruction, a spokesman for the forces said Wednesday.

"Over 1,200 servicemen and around 200 pieces of special equipment from the Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Defense troops are used, which greatly exceeds the number of personnel and means used during drills in previous years," Col. Igor Yegorov told reporters.

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He added that different scenarios, including terrorist attacks on sites that could potentially represent radiological, chemical or biological hazards, would be tested during the drills.

In April, over 3,500 Russian troops and 300 pieces of military equipment took part in a Strategic Missile Forces counter-terrorist exercise in Russia's southeast.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the country will hold at least 4,000 military drills throughout 2015.

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