Putin Says Snap Military Drills in Russia Successful, Urges Continuation

© Sputnik / Michael Klimentyev / Go to the photo bankVladimir Putin holds meeting in Kremlin
Vladimir Putin holds meeting in Kremlin - Sputnik International
Russian President said that practice of conducting snap drills to inspect the Russian Armed Forces has proved to be successful and should be continued.

These Sukhoi Su-27 SM Flanker fighters will serve with the 62nd Fighter Regiment of the 27th Combined Air Division of the Russian Air Force at Belbek airfield near Sevastopol. - Sputnik International
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NOVO-OGARYOVO (Moscow Region) (Sputnik) The practice of conducting snap drills to inspect the Russian Armed Forces has proved to be successful and should be continued, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

"The practice of conducting such unannounced inspections should be continued. We see that this practice is well-proven, it allows us to gradually increase the combat readiness of the army and navy, as well as to coordinate actions among units and subdivisions," Putin said during a video conference with commanders of the Russian army's military districts on exercises in the Southern Military District and Crimea.

Units of the Southern Military District, with the participation of separate units of the Airborne Troops and military-transport aviation, started the snap exercises on Monday.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that up to 8,500 personnel, some 900 units of military equipment, about 50 combat ships, as well as up to 200 aircraft and helicopters, were taking part in the drills.

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