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    The Russia's Defense Ministry announced that the military personnel of the country's Eastern Military District were preparing for shooting activities as part of snap drills.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The servicemen of Russia's Eastern Military District on the island of Sakhalin are preparing for shooting activities as part of exercises, the country's Defense Ministry said in a statement.

    "Mechanized infantry and tank troops are preparing military hardware for exercises and shooting activities with T-72B3 tanks and MT-LB [multipurpose light-armored towing vehicles]," the statement said.

    The ministry also said that these preparations began after the troops had already completed marches that were also part of the exercise.

    On March 16, the Eastern Military District's press service said that Russian signals troops had started large-scale communications drills in nine regions of the district.

    Prior to that, on March 12, the district's press head Col. Alexander Gordeyev said that a military exercise involving anti-air defense troops had begun in the region.

    On March 3, the district's press service said that more than 2,500 artillerymen were participating in a major military exercise in Russia's Far East, completing long-distance marches and practicing inter-unit coordination.

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    military drills, Eastern Military District, Russia, Sakhalin Island
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