Troops in Russia’s Central Military District put on alert in combat readiness check

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YEKATERINBURG, April 1. /TASS/. Ten large-scale military exercises involving units and formations of Russia’s Central Military District will be held as part of the troops’ control check that kicked off on April 1, the District’s press office reported on Monday.

“A control check of the Central Military District’s troops started on April 1 to include 10 large exercises. The maneuvers will be conducted at training ranges in the regions of the Siberia, the Urals and the Volga area, and also on the territory of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan,” the press office said.

“Large units and formations of Russia’s biggest military district will practice going on high alert, moving and deploying mobile components of the command and control system and making marches to the designated areas,” the statement reads.

The drills will focus on sharpening the skills of employing reconnaissance/strike systems as part of missile and artillery units, aviation and reconnaissance means. The check will be directed by Central Military District Commander Colonel-General Alexander Lapin, the press office said.

“According to General Lapin, the check will primarily evaluate the commanders’ ability to make proper and prompt decisions amid sudden actions by an enemy and its use of mobile fire groups on a wide front and other specifics of hostile operations taking into account the experience of armed conflicts. The results of the control check will be summed up at a session of the Military Council of the Central Military District with the participation of the District’s command,” the press office said.

Russia’s Central Military District is based on the territory of the Volga, Urals and Siberian integrated federal districts and 29 Russian regions. Structurally, the Central Military District also includes some overseas facilities: the 201st military base in Tajikistan, the Kant integrated military base in Kyrgyzstan and units on the territory of Kazakhstan.

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