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    Russian Military Units Sent South as Part of Snap Drills

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    The Russian Defense Ministry reports that special purpose brigades of the Russian Central and Western military districts will be transferred to the Southern Military District to perform tasks of the ongoing snap combat readiness drills.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Special purpose brigades of the Russian Central and Western military districts will be transferred to the Southern Military District to perform tasks of the ongoing snap combat readiness drills, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.

    "The special forces units will carry out tasks conducting search and reconnaissance missions as well as anti-sabotage tasks on unknown ranges of the Southern Military District," the press service of the defense ministry said on Saturday.

    Snap combat readiness inspections are running across Russia's Southern, Western and Central military districts, as well as the Northern Fleet, Aerospace Forces and Airborne Troops on August 25-31.

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