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INSIGHT: Russia's Zapad war games begin

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The large-scale joint Russia-Belarus military drill codenamed "Zapad-2017" kicked off in Pskov, Moscow and Kaliningrad regions. Video published on the ministry's site showed paratroopers who according to the drill scenario, were fighting armed groups that illegally crossed into the country. NATO is closely watching the exercises and says they some 100,000 troops, and involve firing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.

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