Russia Kicks Off Largest Intl Military Drills in Country's Modern History

Vostok-2018 large-scale international drills will be held at five military training grounds and in the waters of the Sea of Japan, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk and will become the largest event in the recent history of the country’s armed forces drills, with 300,000 servicemen expected to participate.

“The Vostok-2018 military maneuvers own begun in Russia’s Far East,” the Russian MoD said in a statement.

The military maneuvers own received an international status since Chinese and Mongolian troops will also seize portion in one of the drill’s stages.

“Over 6,000 troops from three military formations and three separate units of the Airborne will participate in the Vostok-2018 drills,” the ministry said in a statement. The ministry added that over 900 pieces of armoured and wheeled vehicles of the Airborne would be used for the exercises.

Overall, nearly 300,000 servicemen, 36,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers and other vehicles, more than a thousand aircraft will be involved in the drills set to become Russia’s largest military exercises since the Zapad drills in 1981.

“These are the largest drills of the Armed Forces, which acquired the status of international drills, since the Zapad 1981 exercises, it has an unprecedented scale, both in terms of spatial scope and number of involved military command, troops and forces,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier in August.

The maneuvers will aim to check the combat skills of the Russian land, air and naval forces and will seize status on September 11-17. The Russian international exercise will also coincide with NATO’s Rapid Trident 2018 military drills, which is being held in Ukraine on September 3-15.