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Russian army concludes large-scale military drills

11:22am EDT - 01:12

Russian military and air force carry out the final stages of large-scale military drills including simulations of a seizure of a military aerodrome. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russia's military on Friday (May 29) carried out the final stages of large-scale military drills. Some 20 attack helicopters and 80 soldiers from the Russian military intelligence service took part in air defense exercises in the Astrakhan region in the country's south. Servicemen carried out simulations of a seizure of the military aerodrome in the region. With the backing of Mil Mi-2 and KA-52 attack helicopters, the fighters flew over 700 kilometers (435 miles) from Rostov-on-Don to Privolzhsky aerodrome, which is currently under construction. Caspian Flotilla infantry were also involved in the drills, backing up the special unit fighters with heavy armored vehicles. The maneuvers, which have been carried out over several days, were a part of preparations for a larger drill in September. Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday (May 25) the drills involved air force and air defense units of the Central, Western and Southern Military Districts totaling 12,000 servicemen. After Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in March 2014, Russia has held numerous large-scale military drills checking combat readiness. The focus of the drills, the ministry said in a statement on its website, was on developing a command system in field conditions as well as setting up all-round aviation security measures in new base areas.

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Russian army concludes large-scale military drills

11:22am EDT - 01:12