A Russian T-72B3 battle tank firing during an operational readiness check at Kadamovsky range in the Rostov on Don region
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Russia: 150,000 Troops Take Part In Military Drills

The exercise took part across the country and involved personnel and hardware from Russian land, sea and air forces.

A Russian T-72B3 battle tank firing during an operational readiness check at Kadamovsky range in the Rostov on Don region

Around 150,000 Russian military forces have taken part in a large-scale exercise.

Personnel took part in the military drills across Russia, which were held over five days and came to a close on Tuesday.

The Russian Defence Ministry said prior to the exercise that roughly 150,000 troops, nearly 27,000 military vehicles, 414 aircraft and 106 navy ships were involved.

It added that the exercise is intended to train troops for fending off "terrorist threats" in the country’s south-west and prepare for larger Caucasus 2020 drills later this year.

The drills will largely be focused on land based forces in Russia’s south-west, with troops training on 35 different shooting ranges according to the Russian Defence Ministry, with some airborne units and other forces across the country also taking part.

Navy drills will cover the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, and will involve some marine units from the far north and the Pacific.

The manoeuvres come amid bitter tensions with the West, after relations plummeted following Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

The Kremlin described NATO’s drills near Russian borders as a demonstration of the alliance’s hostile intentions.

Cover image: A Russian T-72B3 battle tank during an operational readiness check at the Kadamovsky range, pictured earlier this week (Picture: TASS/PA).