MINSK (Sputnik) — Joint command-and-staff and territorial defense forces' exercises kicked off on Monday in the Belarusian Grodno Region, the country's Defense Ministry announced.
"According to the Defense Ministry's training plan for 2015/2016, the command-and-staff exercises with the territorial defense forces of the Grodno Region were launched on June 13. The drills are mainly aimed at boosting the level of the [military] readiness and ability of the governing bodies and territorial defense forces to carry out the tasks in conditions of rapidly changing situation," the ministry's press service said in a statement.
The drills imply testing skills of protection of territorial defense objects, maintenance of a martial law, blocking and destruction of armed gangs.
A total of 2,100 personnel and over 70 units of equipment will participate in the military exercises, the ministerial press service said.