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The troops of the Eastern Military District of the Russian Federation are transferred to the area of ​​the exercise

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the troops of the Eastern Military District (VVO) are given the highest degree of combat readiness as part of a surprise check, which began on Thursday on behalf of the President.

Earlier, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that bringing to full combat readiness began at 10.00 Moscow time on Thursday, September 11, 2014. During this time, "the Air Defense Forces carried out their advance to the dispersal areas, conducted reconnaissance routes for the advancement of troop convoys to training ranges and loading stations," the message says.

Aviation of the Central and Eastern military districts relocated to reserve and operational airfields located in the Kamchatka, Khabarovsk and Primorsky Territories, as well as on Sakhalin. Within a day, redeployment of more than 100 units of bomber, fighter, and military transport aircraft, as well as army helicopters, is planned. The total number of troops involved in the combat readiness check is about 100 000 military personnel.

The purpose of the maneuvers is to test the combat readiness and mobility of the formations and their ability to maneuver over distances of more than 4000 km, the message says. For this, the transfer of troops by rail and sea transport, as well as by military transport aircraft, is planned.

The Eastern Military District unites military units in Transbaikalia and the Far East. The check will run from 11 to September 18.

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