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    More than 3,500 Russian military personnel held exercises in the mountainous terrain of the former Georgian republic of South Ossetia, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Southern Military District’s press service said Friday

    Russia Starts Drills in South Ossetia as Part of Snap Check

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    Russian military on Tuesday started drills in South Ossetian mountains as part of the ongoing snap combat readiness inspections, Russian Southern Military District's press service said in a statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the statement, Russian troops would use T-72A tanks, Sani mortar systems, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles and Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers, within the framework of the military exercises.

    "As envisioned by the drills, the units should repel an attack of an imaginary enemy's superior forces during the defensive maneuvers in South Ossetian mountains and to do maximal fire damage," the statement said.

    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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