The "commander" of the Southern military district of Russia arrived at the occupied Crimea to check the readiness of the army

Глянько Катерина
16:28, 02 September
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"Commander" of the troops of the occupying Southern Military District (SMD) of Russia, General of the Army Alexander Dvornikov arrived in the occupied Crimea to check the combat training of the occupying Black Sea Fleet.

It was reported on the website of the occupying Ministry of Defense of Russia.

"At the Opuk military training ground, the commander of the air defence forces will assess the actions of the coastal troops, marines, ships and aircraft of the Black Sea Fleet during bilateral tactical exercises", - informed in the report.

According to the occupation agency, bilateral tactical training is taking place at the Opuk interspecies test site in the occupied Crimea in preparation for the Caucasus 2020 strategic command and staff exercise.

"In the course of practical actions with the support of aviation and ship groups, the units land naval and airborne troops to capture and hold the coast, and counter-landing defence is practised. Ship forces and aircraft provide support to the landing troops with strikes on coastal targets", - informed by occupation agency.

It is reported that about 20 ships and support vessels, about 200 units of military and special equipment, more than 20 planes and helicopters of the naval aviation of the occupying Black Sea Fleet are involved in the exercise.

What is known

  • On the territory of the occupied Crimea, special exercises began on 10 of August on the eve of the "Caucasus 2020", which take place simultaneously at 25 training grounds and 16 airfields of the occupying Southern Military District. They will last until the 21st of August.
  • About 120,000 military and about 4,000 units of equipment will take part in the Caucasus 2020 exercise in the occupied Crimea. According to Vadym Skibitsky, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate, Russia is ready to gather 120,000 soldiers, hundreds of planes and tanks near the Ukrainian border. The active phase of the "Caucasus 2020" - exercises is another threat to the lives of Ukrainian citizens.