Russia, Ukraine, Belarus hold Slavic Commonwealth-2012 drills
The troops gathered at the Shiroky Lan training ground off Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. Russia’s airborne unit of the Southern military district is taking part in the drills. The three countries' airmobile brigades are taking a special part in the drills. Russian and Ukrainian forces will also share their knowledge with the colleagues from Belarus. Featuring a great variety of tasks, the Slavic Commonwealth-2012 exercises will last for 5 days. Spokesman for the Russian land forces, Nikolai Dulyushkin, comments:
"The aim of the exercises is to practice joint efforts in surrounding and blocking illegal armed formations at a given spot, ensuring border checkpoint service in an area of responsibility, escorting humanitarian convoys and providing landmine safety. A joint airborne assault force will be dropped from an IL-76 military transport plane as part of the exercises."
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