Russia will hold wide-ranging military drills in the east of the country as it continues regular troop training despite the action in Ukraine, Russia’s military authorities said.
The Russian Defence Ministry said the Vostok 2022 (East 2022) exercise scheduled for August 30-September 5 will involve troops on manoeuvres at 13 firing ranges of the Eastern Military District.
It added that units of airborne troops, long-range bombers and military cargo planes will also be involved in the military exercises.
The ministry said troops from unspecified foreign countries will participate.
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Russian and Chinese troops took part in a series of joint military manoeuvres last year, reflecting increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing.
The ministry rejected allegations that it is mobilising forces to beef up its forces in Ukraine, noting that "only part of the Russian military has been involved in the special military operation".
Without disclosing details, the ministry said the number of troops operating in Ukraine is "quite sufficient for fulfilling the tasks" and emphasised that the military has not cancelled any of the planned drills.
Moscow has not said how many of its million soldiers military are involved in action in Ukraine.