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    • Demonstration performances of paratroopers at festive events in honour of Airborne Forces Day at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Territory
    • Demonstration flights of the Il-76 MD military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces at a military sports festival in honour of Airborne Forces Day at the Alabino training ground.
    • Parachuting demonstrations during a military-sports holiday honouring of the Airborne Forces at Alabino training ground.
    • Demonstration performances of paratroopers during a military-sports holiday honouring of the Airborne Forces at Alabino training ground.
    • The crew of the BTR-MDM Rakushka, an armoured personnel carrier with a Igla portable anti-aircraft missile systems at the military sports festival honouring the Airborne Forces Day at the Alabino training ground.
    • Servicemen at the festive events in honour of the Airborne Forces Day at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Territory.
    • Demonstration performances of the Russian Airborne Forces during the release of hostages at the festive events in honour of the Airborne Forces Day at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Territory.
    • Demonstration flights of the Il-76 MD military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the military sports festival in honour of the Airborne Forces Day at the Alabino training ground.
    • Demonstration performances of the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle at the military sports festival honouring  Airborne Forces Day at the Alabino training ground.
    • Demonstration performances of paratroopers at festive events in honor of the Airborne Forces Day at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Territory.
    • A serviceman with an Igla portable anti-aircraft missile system at a demonstration performance in honour of the Airborne Forces Day at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Territory.
    • Demonstration of firing T-72 tanks at festive events in honour of the Day of the Airborne Forces at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Territory.
    • Demonstration performances of paratroopers at the military sports festival in honour of Airborne Forces Day at the Alabino training ground.
    • Demonstration performances of paratroopers at festive events in honour of Airborne Forces Day at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Territory.
    • Demonstration performances of paratroopers at festive events in honour of the Airborne Forces Day at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Territory.
    • Demonstration performances of paratroopers at a military-sports festival in honour of Airborne Forces Day at the Alabino training ground.
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    Demonstration performances of paratroopers at festive events in honour of Airborne Forces Day at the Raevsky training ground in Krasnodar Territory

    Russia celebrates Airborne Forces Day every year on 2 August. The Russian President decreed it a holiday on 31 May 2006.

    The Russian Airborne Troops are a military branch of the country's Armed Forces. Their mission is to attack the enemy from the air and carry out operations behind enemy lines in order to disrupt its command and communications as well as capture or destroy the enemy's weapons. They are also trained to defend certain areas, exposed flanks and perform other tasks. In peacetime, the airborne troops mainly maintain combat and mobilisation readiness.

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