Russia snap checks combat readiness in Crimea, North Caucasus: some 3,000 troops put on alert
The drills involve over 1,000 pieces of armament, military and special hardware, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District told TASS on Thursday.
"Pursuant to a decision by Southern Military District Commander Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov, military units and formations stationed in Karachay-Cherkessia, the Chechen Republic, Dagestan and Crimea have been alerted in a sudden combat readiness check today," the press office said in a statement, according to TASS.
Read also"Protection" of Russians abroad, strengthening propaganda: Putin approves Russia’s new foreign policy conceptThe troops alerted in the snap check are put on a march to training ranges to repel a conditional enemy’s "attack" on their way to the designated areas.
Military hardware involved in the exercises includes T-72B3 tanks, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, and BTR-82A armored personnel carriers.