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    Drones are to be deployed for a snap check of combat readiness in Russia’s Central Military District, a spokesman for the Central Military District, Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin told journalists Monday.

    MOSCOW, June 23 (RIA Novosti) – Drones are to be deployed for a snap check of combat readiness in Russia’s Central Military District, a spokesman for the Central Military District, Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin told journalists Monday.

    “Zastava unmanned aerial vehicles, which perform air control of the advance and alignment of Central Military District forces, will allow us to assess the results of the snap check of combat readiness. Operators fly drones at heights ranging from 200 to 500 meters. This will provide the command of the district and officers of the Russian General Staff of the Armed Forces with a complete picture of what is going on,” Roshchupkin said.

    Russian President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Vladimir Putin last week ordered unexpected drills to check the combat readiness of the Central Military District.

    In accordance with the order, troops from the district, as well as military units deployed on its territory, were put on full combat readiness. The check is to continue through June 28.

    Over 65,000 troops, around 5,500 pieces of weaponry and military equipment, over 160 aircraft and around 60 helicopters are taking part in the drills.

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