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    About 40 Russian Navy ships fire missiles as part of snap combat readiness drills of the Central Military District.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – About 40 ships from the Russian Navy will perform missile firing in the Caspian Sea as part of snap combat readiness drills of the Central Military District, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.

    "A total of about 3,000 military servicemen and over 120 units of military equipment are involved in the Caspian snap drills," the ministry said on Thursday.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the snap combat readiness drills of the Russian Central Military District on Monday.

    According to the Defense Ministry, apart from missile firing, the Navy exercises in the Caspian Sea will include mine protection and underwater sabotage drills. Russian marines will practice repelling attacks on military targets in the Astrakhan Region and the Republic of Dagestan.

    A total of almost 100,000 military personnel from Russia’s Central Military District, as well as over 7,000 pieces of hardware and 170 airplanes, are involved in the snap combat readiness drills, which will last through September 12.


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