MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The large-scale drills of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces to practice addressing consequences to 20 simulated acts of sabotage with chemical weapons have kicked off on Wednesday.
"During the event, the Strategic Missile Forces units will be used to eliminate the consequences of 17 simulated accidents at NBC hazardous facilities from the Tver region to the Irkutsk region and 20 simulated acts of sabotage with the use of toxic agents and radioactive materials. During the exercise joint objectives with missile regiments of Topol, Topol-M and Yars mobile ground missile systems are organized to be conducted in 20 regions of the country," the statement said.
The exercises involve about 2,000 servicemen and some 400 items of special equipment of the Strategic Missile Forces' nuclear, biological and chemical protection units.
The drills are expected to be the largest exercise of this kind in 2017.