July 22, 2013
A snap check of combat readiness of unprecedented scale in Russia’s Far Eastern and Central military districts ended on Sunday.
The Defense Ministry will discuss the overall results of the exercise at a special meeting on Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already described the results as “more than satisfactory,” noting there has not been a single serious violation or failure.
Some 160,000 servicemen, about 1,000 tanks and armored vehicles, 130 aircraft and 70 vessels took part, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
“Such exercises have not been held since the Soviet era or perhaps even during that period,”Putin said on Wednesday after overflying the exercise area in a helicopter accompanied by Shoigu.
The Defense Ministry has said snap inspections will be conducted on a regular basis to ensure constant combat readiness.
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