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Aviadarts 2019 preliminaries underway in Eastern Military District



March 5, 2019 - 09:47







The Aviadarts 2019 qualifying round has kicked off at the airfields of the Eastern Military District in Buryatia, Transbaikalia, Primorye, Khabarovsk Territory and Kamchatka, as part of preparations for the International Army Games 2019.







The competition involves 78 pilots of formations and military units of army, fighter and bomber aircraft of the Eastern MD making up 42 teams.







The flight tactical missions will be carried out on Su-25SM attack aircraft, Su-35, Su-30SM fighters, Su-24 bombers, Su-34 fighters, Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, and Mi-8AMTSH Terminator combat transport helicopters.










Pilots are to cover more than a hundred kilometers, at a given time to get in touch with the control tower of the airfield, launch unguided missiles, bombing from various heights, as well as firing 30-mm aircraft cannons at ground targets simulating military equipment fleets, command posts and communication centers of the conditional enemy.




The source of information - http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/[email protected]






Army Scout Masters district contest completed in Eastern MD



March 5, 2019 - 10:04







At the specialized training ground of the Pacific Fleet located in Primorye, the district stage of the Army Scout Masters competition of the Eastern Military District was completed.

The marine reconnaissance units of the Pacific Fleet took the leading position in the district stage, they will present the district at the all-army stage of the competition, which will be held in the second half of June in Novosibirsk.

During the competition, its participants made a landing and a five-kilometer forced march for a while with movement in azimuth and passing five control points, crossed a special obstacle course.

The competition program also included competitions among drivers, where they demonstrated their skills in operating the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle in difficult terrain conditions at a distance of 5.6 km.

In addition, the military meet the standards for surveying, signal operations, military medical training, tactical, special training, as well as radiation, chemical and biological protection.

One of the most important stages was the implementation of fire training standards.

Also, participants demonstrated their skills in throwing cold steel and hand grenades.




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Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu holds teleconference with leadership of Armed Forces



March 5, 2019 - 12:19






Today the National Centre for State Defence Control in Moscow hosted another teleconference of Defence Ministry chaired by the General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

Sergey Shoigu addressed the topic of the Army International Games, namely, the holding of an interesting pilot project in the Krasnoyarsk Territory in late February in order to expand the Games' program –– the Sayan March competition amoung mountain units.

“Our servicemen successfully coped with the competition in adverse weather conditions, and took first place,” the Minister of Defence said.







Speaking on the sports theme, he stressed that the military department pays great attention to the development of physical culture and sports. In this regard, Sergei Shoigu emphasized the need to improve the form of physical training of students at pre-university educational institutions - Suvorov, Nakhimov, and cadet schools.

“On February 19, in the St. Petersburg Suvorov Military School, we discussed new directions for development of children's and youth sports,” the Minister of Defence said and explained that, in addition to the traditional master classes of leading army athletes, decisions were made to create the Cadet Sports League and organise competitions similar to modern universiades.

Each school will be supervised by a CSKA mentor –– from among the Olympic champions, world champions, Europe and Russia, as has been done in the St. Petersburg Suvorov School, where famous chess master Sergey Karyakin joined the work of the chess club.

Turning to the thematic part of the meeting, Sergei Shoigu proposed to first discuss the development work on the modernization of the existing and the creation of a new heavy military transport aircraft, construction of a promising tanker aircraft, as well as the development of the Il-112V.

At the session they defined priority measures to address a number of problematic issues related to implementation of state contracts.







The second issue on the agenda concerned rearmament of the Navy.

As the Minister of Defence informed, this year two nuclear and one diesel submarines will enter the Navy.

The surface forces will be reinforced by the frigate Admiral Kasatonov, the corvette Gremyashchy, the large amphibious ship Peter Morgunov, the small rocket ships Mercury and Ingushetia, the patrol ship Dmitry Rogachyov, five combat boats, the minesweeper Vladimir Yemelyanov , as well as 20 support vessels.

Eleven ships and vessels will be recovered.

The meeting participants discussed how the United Shipbuilding Corporation fulfills its obligations to the Ministry of Defence.







In his Address to the Federal Assembly, the President of the Russian Federation noted that the fundamental changes in communications, navigation, and remote sensing systems of the Earth require a multiple increase in the capabilities of the Russian satellite group.

Therefore, the Ministry of Defence is actively involved in improving the orbital group of military-use spacecraft.

“Our task is to create modern satellites capable of providing even more accurate intelligence and cartographic data,” the Minister of Defence emphasized, adding that for this purpose there is a number of research and development works, which were also proposed to be discussed.

The attendees also focused on issues related to the winter period of training.

The Minister of Defence noted that the experience of modern armed conflicts is increasingly being used in troops training, and combat training tasks are increasingly being solved in non-standard ways”.







Particular emphasis is placed on training junior specialists in the operation of modern weapons and military equipment.

Since the beginning of the winter period, more than 140 exercises have been organised in the Land Forces to co-ordinate company tactical groups.

A total of 98% of pilots, who graduated in 2018, have undergone flight training to start performing flight missions in the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation.

In the Navy, command and control bodies of formations, tactical groups and ships are practising joint actions. This also concerns the Arctic region.

More than 94% of crews and tactical formations are ready to solve combat training tasks, including in the far sea zone.







Great attention is still attached to the preparation for the International Army Games 2019.

According to the Minister of Defenсe, this year more than 51,000 people, 20,000 crews, units and platoons will be involved in the qualifying competitions.

The best of them will take part in the international competitions of the Army Games 2019.




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Suvorov Attack contest: participants to compete in night firing from IFV's weapons



March 5, 2019 - 13:31







In Volgograd region at the Prudboy training ground of the Southern Military District, participants in the first stage of the Suvorov Attack contest will be competing for the first time at night.

This year, motorized riflemen as part of platoons will perform a tactical live-fire missions at night.

The best IFV BMP-2 crews of motorized rifle formations of the Southern Military District will compete for the right to qualify for the district stage of the competition.

During the first stage, the BMP-2 crews as part of the platoons competed in operating standard equipment. The crews were to pass the race track against the clock and engage the targets by standard arms of infantry combat vehicles at various distances.

The closing and awarding ceremony of the qualifying stage will be held on March 6 at the Prudboy test site.




The source of information - http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/[email protected]






Russian Defence Ministry continues to monitor the situation in al-Rukban refugee camp



March 5, 2019 - 17:30



The Russian Defence Ministry continues to monitor the situation in al-Rukban refugee camp.

Satellite images taken a few days ago show the real living conditions of the refugees in the camp.

As you can see, most of the buildings in the camp is temporary and not fitted for living in winter. Some refugees are forced to live under sheds.

It is known that there are unsanitary conditions. Garbage dumps are located next to housing. There is no food warehouses and nutrition centres. The exchange of food and other goods takes place at pop-up mini-markets controlled by the militants.

Al-Rukban camp itself surrounded by a rampart and fence, beyond which the US-controlled local armed groups do not release any of the refugees. In fact, al-Rukban camp long lost its status and turned into the reservation, where the hostages are being held by force.

On the South side, just outside the camp fence, a cemetery with 300 fresh graves was found.

At the same time, as has been repeatedly stressed during the meetings of the Russian-Syrian Joint Coordination Committee that the command of the US grouping in the al-Tanf zone continues to impede the exit, moreover it misleads refugees about the impossibility of leaving the camp, spreads rumors that in the territory controlled by the Syrian government they will find devastation, forcible conscription and persecution by the authorities. US-controlled armed groups led by Magavir al-Saur are in fact forcibly detained refugees who want to leave the camp, demanding substantial sums in USD for leaving the camp.

At the same time, about 35,500 Syrians expressed a desire to return to the territory under government control. Including about 28,300 people intend to return to Homs province, to Deir-ez-Zor province - about 2,800, to Damascus and Hama provinces - 1,600, and to Aleppo province - about 1,200 people.




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Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters declare that the US has disrupted a humanitarian operation to assist Syrians illegally held in the US-occupied al-Tanf zone



March 6, 2019 - 10:12







JOINT EMERGENCY STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic, March 5, 2019



"On the US causing a breakdown in humanitarian action aimed to help the Syrian people illegally seized in US-occupied al-Tanf zone"

The unprecedented measures taken by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic to address the problem of the Rukban refugee camp and bring Syrian citizens out of it to places of permanent residence are being blocked by unconstructive actions of the American side, leading to new victims and multiplying the suffering of Syrians who are forcibly held in US-controlled 55-km zone of al-Tanf.

For 1,769 days now - since the end of spring 2014 - as the Syrians, who were forced to leave their homes, fleeing the ISIS militants have been actually in a military blockade on the border of Jordan and Syria.

The joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic, guided solely by their sincere desire to rescue those suffering in the Rukban camp and in strict accordance with United Nations standards for the safe, voluntary, informed and dignified repatriation of Syrian citizens, brings to the international community and all all those responsible for resolving the crisis situation in the al-Tanf zone the following statement:

“According to a survey conducted by representatives of the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent , 95% of the Syrians in Rukban, which is about 40,000 people, want to leave its territory as soon as possible, more than 35,000 of them expressed a desire to return to settlements, controlled by the Syrian government.

In these circumstances, the Syrian government with support of the Russian Federation, has taken unprecedented measures to save Syrian citizens held in the Rukban camp.

For this purpose:

the Jleb checkpoint as well as the humanitarian corridor has been functioning for refugees leaving the camp since February 19, 2019;

the Syrian government provides guarantees of full security to citizens leaving the camp. A simplified procedure has been established for recovering lost identity documents, as well as granting amnesty to the returning Syrian citizens.

in the places selected by those suffering the Rukban camp for permanent residence, the provincial administrations have all the necessary conditions for receiving and accommodating Syrian citizens. Accommodation is ensured:

in Homs province: in the cities of Homs - 7,650; Palmyra - 6,735; al-Khaldiyyeh - 6,440; Al-Qaryatayn - 5,565; Mahin - 5,370;

in Aleppo province: in the cities of Aleppo - 690; al-Amar - 510;

in the suburbs of Damascus - 1,600 places.

In total, 146 schools and 95 medical institutions are ready to receive refugees from the Rukban camp in these localities; there are stocks of drinking water in the amount of 1,001 tons, food - 495 tons, fuel - 264.5 tons.

The total capacity of residential buildings, stocks of food, medical supplies and material resources significantly exceed the need for accommodation and the provision of all the necessary Syrians who have expressed a desire to return from Rukban.

There are comfortable buses for the transportation of families of temporarily displaced persons in each locality chosen by the Rukban residents.

March 1, 2019. The Syrian leadership, jointly with the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Refugee Migration Monitoring, has sent six car columns to the US-controlled area around al-Tanf for evacuation of refugees, having previously notified the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Despite this, the US command in the al-Tanf zone did not take responsibility for ensuring the safe and unimpeded movement of automobile columns through the 55-kilometer zone controlled by them and, in fact, disrupted the most important humanitarian operation aimed to rescue the Syrian citizens, located in Rukban.

At the same time, the American side, which is solely responsible for the current humanitarian catastrophe in the Rukban camp, does not stop trying to shift responsibility for what is happening to the Syrian and Russian sides, in every way misinforming the world community with statements about the alleged inconsistency of the conditions for the return of refugees to United Nations standards.

Once again, we point out to the United States that it is unacceptable to use civilians to justify its illegal presence in Syria. In general, positively assessing the provision by the United States of contacts of an official authorized persons to discuss the problems of the Rukban camp - First Secretary of the US Embassy in Amman (Jordan) A. Hawks, we emphasize that the questions that he submitted to the Russian side and, allegedly, the condition that no refugee leaves the camp until Russia answer these questions, is nothing more than another attempt by the Americans to hamper the solution of the Rukban problem.

The main part of the questions is obviously provocative, designed to confuse the international community and discredit the actions of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on addressing the Rukban problem. The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic has already given unambiguous answers to most of them, including in the joint statements of the joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic dated February 16 and 27, 2019, as well as during the joint meeting on March 1, 2019, taking upon itself all the necessary guarantees to ensure the safe, voluntary, informed and dignified return of Syrian citizens.

So, for example, despite the fact that the world community saw that all settlements under the control of the Syrian government are ready to receive refugees as well as those localities chosen by the residents of the Rukban camp for permanent residence, the American side simply ignored this fact.

In their list of questions, they are trying to create the impression that the inhabitants of Rukban will be sent only to Palmyra and Damascus.

Another part of the questions of the American side is clearly aimed at intimidating the Syrians in the camp in order to make them abandon their intention to return home.

As in earlier questionnaires earlier distributed by pro-Western non-governmental organizations in Syrian refugee camps in countries neighboring Syria, for example, they contain questions introducing false information that returning families can be separated.

And at this time, while the United States is trying in every possible way to justify the need to keep its troops in the al-Tanf area, ordinary Syrian citizens continue to suffer and die in the Rukban "death camp".

Objective data available to the joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic, testify to the appalling conditions in the camp.

The comparative analysis showed a complete discrepancy between the accommodation, equipment and living conditions in the Rukban camp established by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees strictly controlled by international humanitarian organizations in other camps.

Accommodation of Syrian residents in the Rukban camp violates all possible sanitary and epidemiological standards - self-made buildings from improvised means, tents and cars are placed absolutely chaotically, mixed with mountains of garbage. The camp is more like a dump where people are forced to survive. Nearby there is a burial place which is equipped by residents of the camp out of despair. It already has about three hundred (300) graves. It is possible that several deceased can be buried in one grave at once.

Under these conditions, we are forced to set the monitoring of the Rukban camp on a permanent basis poviding regular information for the international community.

We urge the American side to move from populism to real action:

to release the illegally detained residents of the Rukban camp, ensure their right to free (without payment) access to their places of permanent residence, provide guarantees of safe passage of humanitarian convoys through the illegally occupied zone of al-Tanf.

In conditions when the residents of the Rukban camp are held by the US-controlled gangs as hostages, there can be no question of any next humanitarian convoy to the camp.

We urge the world community and, above all, international organizations such as the United Nations, the International Committee of Red Cross, to stop silence and finally clearly define their position, take concrete steps, and not be limited to statements of concern about the fate of Syrian refugees.

As practice has shown, no humanitarian convoys with food can solve the current humanitarian disaster in Rukban.

Only its total elimination of the camp can stop the suffering of the Syrians who are held there against their will.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation M.Mizintsev

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic H.Makhlouf





The source of information - http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/[email protected]






Russian military delegation headed by Commander of Central Military District arrives in Kyrgystan



March 6, 2019 - 12:38







The Russian military delegation led by the commander of the Central Military District, Colonel General Alexander Lapin, has arrived in the Kyrgyz Republic.

As part of his working visit, Alexander Lapin held a meeting in Bishkek with the leadership of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan, during which the sides discussed topical issues concerning regional security in Central Asia, as well as summed up joint combat training activities in 2018, discussed a cooperation plan for 2019.

Alexander Lapin also inspected the Russian military airbase Kant, which is located in a suburb of Bishkek. The district commander listened to the report of the aviation command, checked the anti-terrorist security of the base.




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Military Medical Relay Race preliminaries to take place in Central Military District



March 6, 2019 - 13:45







On March 12 - 15, the second stage of the Military Medical Relay competition among military medical personnel will be held in formations and military units. It is the first time as five women's teams will take part in the competition, fulfilling the standards for military medical and special training along with other participants.

The competition will be held at four district training grounds - Chebarkulsky (Chelyabinsk region), Yurginsky (Kemerovo region), Totsk (Orenburg region) and Roshinsky (Samara region). Twelve teams made up of 84 of servicemen selected according to the results of the first stage of the competition will take part in the contest.

The winners of the second stage (2-3 teams) will qualify for the district stage, which will be held in April. The best team of the district will represent the Central Military District at the all-army stage of the contest to be held in St. Petersburg.




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Tank Biathlon, Suvorov Attack and Sniper Frontier preliminaries completed in 8th Combined Arms Army, Southern Military District



March 6, 2019 - 13:47







In the Volgograd region at the Prudboy training ground of the Southern Military District, the winners of the qualifying round of the Tank Biathlon, Suvorov Attack and Sniper Frontier competitions of the International Army Games 2019 were solemnly awarded in the 8th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District.

This year, for the first time, the Suvorov Attack includes a stage where motorized riflemen as part of platoons performed a tactical-fire exercise at night.

The competition was attended by 15 crews of the army operating the T-72B3 and BMP-2 tanks. The winners of the second qualifying stage will compete in the district stage of the Southern Military District.




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Russian airspace control means detects an air target approaching the State border of the Russian Federation over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea



March 7, 2019 - 05:00






Russian means of airspace control detected an air target approaching the State border of the Russian Federation over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea.

A Su-27 fighter jet on duty scrambled to intercept the target.







The crew of the Russian fighter approached a safe distance to the air object and identified it as a RS-135 spy airplane of the US Air Force.

After it left the Russian air border of Russia, the Su-27 from the air defence duty force returned to the home airfield.




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Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters report on plight of the Syrians illegally seized by the US-controlled armed gangs in the Rukban camp



March 7, 2019 - 10:15







JOINT EMERGENCY STATEMENT

"On plight of the Syrians illegally seized by the US-controlled armed gangs in the Rukban camp"

March 7, 2019

For 1,771 days now - since the end of spring 2014 - as the Syrians, who were forced to leave their homes, fleeing the ISIS militants have been actually seized in a military blockade on the border of Jordan and Syria.

According to the adviser to Coordinator of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Rana Zakut, the humanitarian situation in the Rukban camp has reached a critical stage. The lack of the bare necessities and basic services, combined with serious security risks, force residents to seek to leave its territory as soon as possible. According to the UN, the number of people willing to leave the area is 95% of the total population of the camp, or about 40,000 people.

The total lack of medical care is a key factor in the development of the humanitarian crisis in the Rukban. Most of the refugees are among the most vulnerable categories of the population - mainly women, children under five, elderly and disabled people. Due to the most severe sanitary and epidemiological situation in the camp, many of them suffer from skin diseases, influenza, measles, tuberculosis, asthma, and diabetes. Moreover, cases of cholera and leprosy have been reported.

The cemetery located close to the camp is being replenished with new graves, including group ones. In November 2018, the World Health Organization, together with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), pointed out the extremely high mortality rate in the Rukban camp, where more than 100 people die every month.

UN convoys and one-time vaccinations cannot prevent further degradation of the humanitarian situation in Rukban. Only immediate evacuation from the camp can save people.

The Jordanian authorities, referring to security issues and difficult economic situation in the country, refuse to open the border for refugees to enter their territory; the only way to escape remains - the humanitarian corridor provided by the government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Due to the lack of funds for transportation costs to move within the 55-kilometer al-Tanf zone and large sums extorted by US-controlled gangs from everyone who wants to leave the area are the main obstacles that do not give Syrians in Rukban to take the advantage of the opportunity provided by the Syrian leadership.

It is to be reminded that there are comfortable buses for the free transportation provided by the Syrian government for families of temporarily displaced persons in each locality chosen by the Rukban residents. The authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic have provided all the necessary guarantees to ensure the safe, voluntary, informed and dignified return of Syrian citizens.

Only actions of the US command in the al-Tanf zone that refuses to guarantee the safe exit of the Syrians from Rukban through the zone they control and ensure their right to free (without payment) access to the places of permanent residence hampers the most important humanitarian operation to rescue Syrian citizens.

After making sure that the United States is indifferent to the lives of tens of thousands of ordinary Syrians, whom they cynically sacrifice their own interests in the region, we once again appeal to the world community who regard themselves to the civilized world, and above all to the United Nations, to start to act, once and for all, to solve a problem that lasts for years and takes thousands of human lives, to be principled and show the so-called world hegemon to the inadmissibility of places like the Rukban camp.

We also turn to Jordan, as a country on the border with which this hotbed of terrorism, disease and poverty is located, a country that, along with Syria, is suffering the negative consequences of the gravest humanitarian crisis in the neighboring republic. We hope for the further participation of our Jordanian colleagues in humanitarian initiatives for repatriation of Syrian refugees and active participation in early elimination of the Rukban camp, which will contribute to the overall stabilization of the situation in the region, and is in the interests of Jordan.

The civilized world has no right to look at it without taking decisive measures to save people, first of all, elderly people, women and children!


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





The source of information - http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/[email protected]






JOINT STATEMENT "On plight of the Syrians illegally seized by the US-controlled armed gangs in the Rukban camp"



March 8, 2019 - 10:00



JOINT STATEMENT

"On plight of the Syrians illegally seized by the US-controlled armed gangs in the Rukban camp"

(March 8, 2019)

Today is the 1,772nd day of suffering of Syrian citizens forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups, creating lawlessness in the occupied Al-Tanf zone.

At a time when the whole world congratulates the beautiful half of humanity with International Women's Day, tens of thousands of Syrian mothers with children continue to be in catastrophic, inhuman camp conditions!

March 8 is a special date and an excellent occasion for all men to show the best qualities.

In this particular case, it could be a solution to the problem of the Rukban camp through granting the freedom to its residents.

Violence, poverty and disease, hunger and cold are only a small part of what the women of this camp have to fight every day.

Once again, we call on the United States to reconsider its position vis-à-vis the Syrians who suffer in Rukban. To have the courage to finally take a decisive step towards mercy and humanity, giving mothers and their children in the camp freedom and the opportunity to build a bright future in their native places.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





The source of information - http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/[email protected]






JOINT STATEMENT "On plight of the Syrians illegally seized by the US-controlled armed gangs in the Rukban camp"



March 9, 2019 - 10:00



Today is alredy 1,773-th day of suffering of Syrian citizens forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups in the occupied Al-Tanf zone.

The situation in the camp is still catastrophic, its inhabitants survive in the most difficult conditions, daily facing violence from the militants. Children suffer the most. Infants born without food and medical care, sanitation and infectious diseases have little chance to survive. According to relatives of the camp residents, most of the daily deaths in Rukban are children under the age of two.

As time goes by, and while the United States, hiding behind the supposedly interests of Rukban residents, demand ideal conditions for temporarily displaced persons from long-suffering Syria. There will simply be no one to save.

At the same time, the Syrian authorities, together with their allies and international humanitarian organizations, are doing everything necessary to ensure a decent life for citizens and even more!

We welcome the desire of the government of Jordan for the provision of comprehensive assistance to Syrians residing in the Kingdom, in their quest to return to their pre-war homes and look forward to the continued participation of our Jordanian colleagues in the implementation of initiatives for the return of Syrian refugees and the speedy liquidation of Rukban camp.

Once again, we call on the United States to finally make efforts to eliminate Rukban camp, to ensure the safety of refugees wishing to return to their places of their residence, and to leave the illegally occupied territory of Syria.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





The source of information - http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/[email protected]






JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the contradictions in the statements of USA when discussing Rukban camp» (March 10, 2019)



March 10, 2019 - 10:00



Today is the 1,774th day of suffering of Syrian citizens forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups, creating lawlessness in the occupied Al-Tanf zone.

We have repeatedly pointed to the hypocrisy of the American side, which declares its commitment to recognized humanitarian values, but at the same time does nothing to implement them.

The representative of the US-led international coalition against ISIS in Syria Sean Ryan said there are no obstacles to the free movement of Rukban camp refugees.

At the same time, the first Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Alex Hawke, authorized to discuss the problems of Rukban camp, outlined a number of conditions to allow residents of the camp to freely leave its territory.

He made it clear that only the American side can influence the so-called "rebels" and guarantee the non-use of force from their side, as well as to inform the refugees about the readiness of the Syrian government to provide decent living conditions for returning citizens.

In his questions to the Russian and Syrian sides, Alex Hawke demonstrates concern and the need to create decent conditions for the return of the residents of Rukban camp. It is known that there are unsanitary conditions and diseases, cold and hunger flourish in the camp.

Are the temporary tents next to the cemetery and dump better than the new houses and schools built and demonstrated by the administration of Damascus province?

Based on the principles of humanism, confirmed not by words, but by concrete actions, we once again call on the world community to open its eyes to the situation in Rukban camp, not to succumb to the US assurances about the care shown to ordinary Syrians, to believe only the facts and real deeds.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





The source of information - http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/[email protected]






Joint US-Norway mission to perform an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation



March 10, 2019 - 23:58







In the period on March 11-16, within the framework of the international Treaty on Open skies, the joint US-Norway mission will perform an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation on the US OS-135B observation aircraft from the Khabarovsk (Novy) airfield.

During the flight along the agreed route, Russian specialists on board the observation aircraft will monitor the strict observance of the agreed flight parameters and application of the monitoring equipment stipulated by the contract.

The OC-135B observation aircraft is a type of airplane which is not designed to use any weapons. The aircraft and observation equipment installed on it (aerial cameras) underwent an international certification, in which Russian specialists took part, which precludes the use of technical means not covered by the treaty.




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The Russian Federation to carry out an observation flight over the territory of the Benelux



March 10, 2019 - 23:59







In the framework of the international Treaty on Open skies, the Russian Federation is to perform an observation flight on the Russian AN-30B surveillance aircraft over the Benelux territory.

The observation flight over the Benelux will be performed on March 11 - 15, 2019 from the Kechkemet open airfield, the maximum flight range will amount to 945 kilometers.

The Russian observation aircraft will fly along the agreed route, and the Benelux specialists on board will monitor the use of special equipment and compliance with the provisions of the Treaty on Open Skies.

Observation flights within the framework of the treaty are carried out in order to promote greater openness and transparency in the military activities of the participating States, as well as to enhance security through strengthening confidence-building measures.

This is the fifth observation flight made by the Russian Federation over the territories of the states-members of the treaty in 2019.




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Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters make another report on plight of the Syrians in the Rukban camp



March 11, 2019 - 11:10







JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees»

March 11, 2019







Today it is the 1,775th day as the Syrian citizens have been forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups in the occupied al-Tanf zone.

Despite the unprecedented measures taken by the Syrian authorities, the residents of the Rukban camp still cannot return home due to the tough opposition of the American side.

As stated by the official representative of the US Central Command Captain B. Urban, Washington is ready to ensure, together with its partners, the security of the movement of UN humanitarian convoys to the Rukban camp through the 55-kilometer zone around Al-Tanf. At the same time, it is well known that “partners” are none other than local gangs of Magavir al-Saura.

The United States allegedly does not restrict the exit from the camp for the temporarily displaced persons and allow everyone to leave it if they are guaranteed a voluntary, safe and dignified return to their homes. And all the statements of the Russian and Syrian sides about the forced detention of refugees, and the humanitarian disaster in the camp are declared propaganda.

But at the same time, armed to the teeth, well-fed and contented militants of the Magavir al-Saur still forcibly seize innocent Syrian citizens, including the elderly, women and children.

This is done with the knowledge and direct support of the guardians of the radicals of the American garrison in Al-Tanf.

From this one can conclude that the United States have nothing to answer to the undeniable facts we cited about the terrifying conditions in the camp, so they use traditional methods - accusations of "propaganda" and bare-faced lies!

Washington does not care about the humanitarian catastrophe happening in the camp due to the fault of the United States, and they are trying to shift the responsibility to Russia and Syria. It is advantageous for the USA to keep the camp of temporarily displaced persons at Al-Tanf for as long as possible to justify its illegal presence in the south of the Republic.

We once again declare that a humanitarian catastrophe in the Rukban camp is a reality!

The UN representatives recognize this and report the existence of “grocery slavery” in the camp, early marriages, sexual abuse, theft and violence, hunger and disease, poor sanitation, as well as an serious shortage of drinking water, and there is no qualified medical assistance.

To go outside the camp, they need to pay $300, which is simply too much for any resident of the camp.

They simply do not have this money!

Many facts are confirmed by satellite images, where one can see security barriers, a powerful wall and a specially equipped checkpoint are clearly visible around the perimeter of Rukban.

These structures are more like a “corral” in order not to allow the residents of the camp to leave its territory. And their so-called freedom of movement, comparable to the freedom of animals in a cage or aviary.

This is quite in the spirit of the colonial thinking of the Americans.

In this situation, we appeal to the entire civilized world community - to initiate at all international and domestic sites a discussion on the Rukban camp related to the catastrophic situation of the Syrians staying in it.

And we urge the American partners to launch an immediate and meaningful dialogue on measures and concrete solutions for the rescue of the camp residents who are practically in the "ghetto" forcibly deprived of their liberty.

It is suggested that all parties by joint actions should immediately evacuate from the camp the most suffering part of the population: the sick, the elderly, women and children.

We very much count on the constructive position of the American side in resolving this important issue.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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The Baltic Fleet to host two stages of Seaborne Assault 2019 for the first time



March 11, 2019 - 13:06







This year, for the first time, the all-army and international stages of the Seaborne Assault 2019 competition will be held on the basis of the International Army Games 2019 at the Baltic Fleet.

This year, seven teams of the Navy, the Ryazan Higher Guards Airborne Command and Far Eastern Higher All-Arms Command Schools will take part in the all-army stage. Six teams will take part in the international competition, among which servicemen from the Republic of Sudan will be participating for the first time.

Traditionally, all-army and international stages of the competition will be held in July and August at the Khmelevka training ground in the Kaliningrad region and on the territory of the Marines formation in Baltiysk, where there are competition courses, obstacle courses, facilities, and placement, repair and parking of military equipment for the event.

Marines from different countries competed in Kalinigrad region for the first time back in 2016. In 2018, an all-army competition was held at the Khmelevka training ground. The Pacific Fleet marines won the international competition, which took place in China.




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Northern Fleet rescue forces train for Barents 2019 Russian-Norwegian exercises



March 11, 2019 - 13:52







The crew of the rescue tugboat Altai of the Northern Fleet search and rescue forces began training for the Barents 2019 annual joint Russian-Norwegian search-and-rescue exercises. Traditionally it will be held at the end of May in the waters of the Barents Sea. This year the event will take place in the Russian zone of responsibility.







The main objectives of the drills are to improve skills in searching and rescuing people in distress at sea, to prevent pollution of the marine area by oil products in the conditions of industrial development in the Arctic.










Tomorrow, on March 12, the first conference with representatives of Norway will be held in Murmansk, to discuss organizational issues of preparing and conducting the Barents-2019 exercise.










The Altai rescue tugboat, an Il-38 plane and a Ka-27PS helicopter will be detached from the Northern Fleet to participate in the combat training event. It is also planned to involve the multifunctional icebreaker Ilya Muromets, for which this exercise will be the first.







The Barents International Exercise is held annually in accordance with the 1995 Barents SAR Agreement between the Russian government and the Norwegian government on cooperation in search and rescue in the Barents Sea. The exercise is alternately supervised by representatives of the Russian and Norwegian search and rescue forces.




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Scouts of motorised rifle brigade, Northern Fleet, complete training for International Army Games 2019



March 11, 2019 - 14:25







The separate motorized rifle brigade of the Northern Fleet participated in the qualifying stage of the Army Scout Masters competition held within the International Army Games 2019.

At the training grounds located in Pechenga district of the Murmansk region, the best reconnaissance units of the formation practiced the main elements of the competition: forced march, firing at breast target, making ambushes and taking a prisoner.

The harsh conditions of the Far North complicate training of the Northern Fleet's scouts for the competition. They operate in deep snow and at low air temperatures. \ Preparations for the qualifying stages of the International Army Games 2019 have kicked off with a new training year - back in December 2018. The best contestants were selected in course of planned combat training.

This year, military personnel of the formations of the Northern Fleet are preparing to take part in 29 competitions of the International Army Games.




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Russian Defence Minister speaks at the expanded meeting of the State Duma Committee on Defence



March 11, 2019 - 17:08







Today, Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu attended an extended meeting of the State Duma Committee on Defence.







General of the Army Sergei Shoigu focused on the main aspects of development of the Russian Armed Forces over the past six years, which make them a reliable guarantor of Russia's national security and sovereignty.







Particular attention was paid to rearmament with modern weapons and military equipment, often not having world analogues in their effectiveness, strengthening the army group in the Crimea, developing the military infrastructure in the Arctic, and the experience of the military operation in Syria.







In particular, the Minister of Defence stopped on issues related to the new staffing system of the Armed Forces, when priority is given to contracted service, the revival of military missions at industrial enterprises, which allowed the defence industry to control the quality of products, to reduce the number of failures of weapons and equipment.







One of the most important topics raised in the report of the Minister of Defence were issues related to the social security of military personnel, in particular, providing them with housing.




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Russian inspectors to visit a military facility in France



March 12, 2019 - 08:00



In accordance with the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, the Russian evaluation team plans a visit to a military object in France.

The one-day evaluation visit is to be held on March 12, 2019.

Such events take place in order to verify information on Military Forces and information on plans for the deployment of major weapon and equipment systems.

It is planned that the Russian evaluation team will visit a military object at its normal peacetime location. The visitors will be given a briefing on the manpower and major weapon and equipment systems.




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Pacific Fleet ships conducted artillery firing in the Sea of Japan



March 12, 2019 - 08:11







The ships of the Pacific Fleet in the maritime training zones of the Peter the Great Bay continue the planned development of the second course task (actions of a single ship at sea).

Today, the ships of the Primorye Flotilla after completing training on protection and defence while moored on an unprotected raid and carrying out practical anti-sabotage grenade launches, conducted artillery firing at an air target.

As part of the exercise, the small ASW ship MPK-82 and anti-sabotage boats P-420 and P-377 engaged parachute targets with gunfire.

Further, in the neighboring test sites, the same ships conducted mine action exercises with artillery firing at a mock buoyant mine.

Today, exercises at sea are carried out by the large amphibious ship Oslyabya, the small anti-submarine ship Metel and two missile boats.




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Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters make another report on plight of the Syrians in the Rukban camp



March 12, 2019 - 10:10







JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic “On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees”

March 12, 2019.







Today is already 1,776th day of suffering of Syrian citizens forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups. The American side took non-constructive actions, leading to new victims and multiplying the suffering of those Syrians, forcibly seized in the US-controlled 55-kilometer zone.

We continue to closely monitor the situation in the camp, which continues to deteriorate. There is still severe shortage of food supplies, warm clothes and medication. There is a severe sanitary and epidemiological situation. People suffer from exhaustion, acute intestinal diseases and infections. The shortage of drinking water is particularly serious.

Here we must pay tribute to the authorities of Jordan, who organized the supply of water for the residents of the Rukban, because without this it is not at all clear how the refugees would have to survive in this camp. It is only the goodwill of the Jordanian side that let them have the drink and the ability to cook.

Despite the efforts of the Jordanians, the water in the camp is critically lacking.

The satellite image clearly shows how the water is supplied to the camp. Behind the camp wall there are 210 cu m tanks, into which they pour water brought from the territory of Jordan, and inside the camp there are bottling points for the residents. A simple calculation shows that each resident of the camp can receive no more than 5 liters of water per day. This volume is barely enough for cooking and drinking, but not enough for washing and laundering, which leads to poor sanitation.







Well, residents of the camp can not always get this little, because the US-controlled militants of Magavir Al-Saura periodically hamper the delivery of water to Rukban, using it for blackmailing and speculation.

When monitoring we reveal more new facts of a humanitarian catastrophe in the camp. In addition to previously published photographs testifying to the presence of burial places near the Rukban territory, where at least 300 people were buried, we found three more spontaneously formed cemeteries located in the camp itself in the immediate vicinity of the dwellings and bottling points, which are another source of infectious diseases.

In total, there are about 700 graves in the discovered burial places. It is possible that in reality the situation is even worse, because in many graves several Syrian citizens who passed away in the Rukban camp can be buried at once.

Garbage dumps are also located absolutely randomly near residential buildings and are not taken out.

All this is situated in a desert, far from the Syrian settlements and infrastructure, which creates insurmountable difficulties in providing support to the camp residents.







In this situation, we very much look forward to a speedy review of position by the UN and the US concerning the existence of the Rukban camp. Such a disastrous situation of its inhabitants can no longer continue. It is urgent to take measures to save them, and this is possible only through the evacuation of citizens to their homes.

On the part of the Syrian authorities, everything is ready for this, only the goodwill of the American side, which fully controls the situation in the Al-Tanf zone, is required.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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Military units of 12th Main Directorate compete in Emergency Region preliminaries



March 12, 2019 - 10:56







Formations and military units of the 12th Main Directorate, specialists of rescue teams began the first stage of the preliminaries of the Emergency Region competition, which will be held as part of the International Army Games 2019.

During the competition, servicemen, in addition to fire and physical training standards, work through the passage of elements of the fiery assault line and a special obstacle line, overcoming the difficulties that rescuers face when performing tasks.







Particularly difficult and demanding tasks for the participants will be the extinguishing of the fire, overcoming the climbing wall with rescue equipment, analysis of debris using hydraulic tools.







In total, 44 pieces of equipment and more than 600 rescue specialists are involved in the qualifying round, including experienced servicemen who have dedicated their lives to their work and begin their professional career.







Specialists who show the best results will qualify for the finals of the Emergency Region all-Army competition in June of this year.







The winners will be able to represent Russia at the International Army Games in August, competing with foreign teams.




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Russian Defence Minister inspects construction of nuclear submarines at Sevmash



March 12, 2019 - 11:24







Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu has arrived in Severodvinsk (Arkhangelsk region) to inspect implementation of the state defence order.

In accordance with the program, the head of the military department will visit the Sevmash enterprise, where he will inspect the progress of construction and modernization of ships and submarines in the interests of the Navy, hold a meeting on development of shipbuilding with the leadership of the Defence Ministry and representatives of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) .

JSC PO Sevmash is the largest shipbuilding complex in Russia (included in USC), a leading industrial enterprise implementing the state armaments program in the field of nuclear submarine fleet.

Currently, the company is building ships of the Borey-A and Yasen-M projects.

In total, 233 surface ships, vessels and floating structures, 132 nuclear submarines and 40 diesel-electric boats have been built at the plant.




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Russian military delegation headed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces General of the Army Oleg Salyukov arrives in Delhi



March 12, 2019 - 12:00



Russian military delegation headed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces General of the Army Oleg Salyukov has arrived in Delhi (Republic of India) on a working visit.

In accordance with the visit's program, there will be talks with the leadership of the Indian Land Forces on bilateral cooperation, the holding of the Indra 2019 Russian-Indian joint exercise in India, training of Indian military personnel in military universities of the Russian Federation and participation in the International Army Games.

The Russian military delegation will visit one of the armored formations, as well as get acquainted with the educational process at the National Defence College of the Republic of India.

The visit is held in accordance with the 2019 Bilateral Contacts Plan.




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More than 500 chemical troops of 58th Army participate in Safe Environment competition



March 12, 2019 - 14:15







In the North Caucasus, the first stage of the Safe Environment competition has been completed among the chemical reconnaissance units and aerosol countermeasures crews of the 58th Army of the Southern Military District.

More than 500 servicemen took part in the competition, operating the RChM-6 reconnaissance chemical machines based on the BTR-80, the ARS-14KM new generation motor-filling stations based on KAMAZ 43114, the TDA-2K smoke machines and other weapons and military equipment.

The qualifying stage includes three stages: individual race on 2,000m loop, relay race, and shooting range.







Chemical troops during the special "chemical biathlon" took part in races on armored personnel carriers and drifting on the sand, crossed a water barrier, overcame the classic S-turn and a speed section.







As part of the competition, each crew covered a route equipped with sites for sampling mock contaminated soil, searching for radioactive sources on the ground and on equipment, and determining toxic substances in the air.







During the specialized relay race, participants overcame a fire assault course, equipped with a cable net, a passage through a ravine on a swinging log, a fire obstacle and a destroyed building.







At the shooting range, the servicemen fired small arms at six targets at a distance of 100 m.

The best crew will present the military unit of the RChB Protection at the all-army stage of the International Army Games 2019 competition.




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Nuclear submarines Knyaz Vladimir and Kazan to join the Russian Navy by the end of 2019



March 12, 2019 - 14:42







The strategic submarines Knyaz Vladimir and Kazan will be part of the Russian Navy by the end of this year, announced Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu at a meeting on shipbuilding development in Severodvinsk.

“The end of construction and the transfer to the Navy of nuclear submarines Knyaz Vladimir and Kazan are the primary tasks for the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Sevmash and a number of design organisations. On behalf of the Supreme Commander, the whole complex of works should be completed this year," the head of the military department said.

According to him, “these ships will determine the future outlook of our submarine fleet, will increase the defence potential and strengthen Russia's position in the oceans.”

“In 2019, the shipbuilding program of enterprises belonging to the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) provides for construction of seven warships, including –– three nuclear and one diesel-electric submarines, as well as repairing seven ships and vessels”, - the Minister of Defence determined in a speech to the attendees.




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Nuclear-powered submarine Knyaz Vladimir is now ready to perform tasks at sea



March 12, 2019 - 17:09







The crew of the nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir, which is to join the Russian Navy by the end of this year, in parallel with the plant and state trails, has fully mastered the new submarine and passed all the necessary course tasks.

Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, Commander of the Northern Fleet, reported this to the Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu today.

The head of the military department received reports from officers of the Northern Fleet on testing of the nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir, as part of his instruction to commission the submarine by the end of this year.

As the commander explained that the crew of the submarine will be ready to carry out the assigned tasks at sea as soon as it is commissioned by the Navy.

The current order optimizes the process of entering submarine missile carriers into the Navy.




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A pack animal unit in Tuva train for Equestrian Marathon contest



March 12, 2019 - 19:07



A pack animal unit of a motorised rifle formation station in the Republic of Tuva, the Central Military District, has started training for the Equestrian Marathon 2019 competition.

The military will have to go through two stages. The first one - “Mixed Short Relay Race” - includes a number of complex elements, such as throwing imitation hand grenades, overcoming an obstacle course, shooting from standard weapons, tactical riding a horse, throwing imitation hand grenades when riding a horse. As part of the second stage - “Horse March” - they participants are to cover about 140 km with various tasks.

During the march, servicemen will show their skills in orienteering using a map and GPS device to search for a place to sleep and cook. They will also demonstrate their skills in using laso to curb horses and fulfil a combat training task to transport an injured person and ammunition boxes.

In total 100 servicemen participate in the preliminaries. Only 13 of them will be selected to represent the Central Military District at the all-army competition in Ryazan region this May.




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Airborne Platoon 2019 preliminaries completed at Novorossiysk airborne assault formation



March 12, 2019 - 23:36







At the Raevsky training ground close to Novorossiysk, the Airborne Platoon 2019 preliminaries took place involving personnel of the 7th Guards Mountain Air Assault Division.

As a result of the previous qualifying stages, which took place in the military units of the formation, the best units of the assault regiment from Novorossiysk and Stavropol had qualified for the next stage.

The competition included several competitive stages.

At the same time, ton equal terms and was very dynamic and stubborn in all competitive exercises.

The qualifying stage showed increased physical and moral-psychological skills of the paratroopers, as well as their operation of weapons and military equipment.

According to the results of the competition stage, a unit under the command of the guard senior lieutenant Dmitry Kudryashov from the Stavropol airborne assault regiment won the victory in a stubborn and uncompromising struggle.

The intermediate stage of the competition became a kind of probe for the training and material base of the Rayevsky training ground, which in April will host the Airborne Platoon competition which is held as part of the International Army Games 2019.




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Northern Fleet divers make a record metal cutting during the Depth 2019 contest



March 12, 2019 - 23:43







Participants of the Depth 2019 all-army stage competition completed their participation in the preliminaries held as part of the International Army Games 2019. The final contest in the competition program was technical underwater works on the results of metal.

The record of the competition was set by the divers of the Northern Fleet, performing a continuous cut of metal 5mm thick 88 cm long.

In 2019, the Depth competition program includes eight special exercises. / The most technically complicated are: to assist the surface ship when the hull breach, maintaining the life of the submarine lying on the ground, underwater cutting and welding of metal. More simple and understandable - search of objects at depth, assembly of metal structures, first aid to an injured diver, speed swimming and underwater combat.




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Confident Reception competition kicks off in the Republic of Buryatiya



March 13, 2019 - 07:34







The Confident Reception 2019 competition has kicked off in the Eastern Military District. It is part of the International Army Games 2019.

During the events, signal troops will practise standards and training tasks for the main disciplines of combat training, in particular, tactical, special, physical training, driving command post vehicles.

In addition, operators will comply with the standards for deployment of hardware communications, radio relay stations, and tropospheric communication stations.

More than 100 best signalmen are involved in the contest to qualify for the district stage of the competition.

The district stage of the competition among the teams from combined arms formations of the Eastern Military District will be held in April this year.




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Suvorov Attack second stage continues in the Republic of Buryatia



March 13, 2019 - 08:41







The second qualifying stage of the Suvorov Attack contest is underway at the Burduny training ground in the Republic of Buryatia.

Tank and motorised rifle units of a combined army formation compete in the qualifying stage. The best IFV crews will represent the formation at the district competition.

During the second stage, the BMP-2 crews as part of platoons compete in operating the entrusted equipment.

The jury choose the strongest in the speed of passing the distance and the accuracy of engaging various targets from the standard armament of infantry fighting vehicles, including when firing en route at various distances.

The program also includes a route with various obstacles, a forced 5-km march, fire training from small arms.

We should recall that the Suvorov Attack district stage will be held at the Burduny training ground in April this year for the first time.




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Military traffic inspectors from military districts and Northern Fleet train for Road Patrol regional stage



March 13, 2019 - 09:57







At the end of March, the qualifying stages of the Road Patrol competition will end in the territorial units of the Military Traffic Inspector Service.

Regional stages of competition will be held between the military traffic inspectors from military districts and the Northern Fleet at the Noginsk training ground of the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School.

For the first time, military traffic inspectors will take part in the competition as part of military districts and the Northern Fleet.

In 2019 the contest program includes another competition - "Acceleration and Emergency Braking" where the participants will show their reaction and sense of dimensions of the car.

The international stage of the Road Patrol competition will be held in the Islamic Republic of Iran in August 2019.




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Tank Biathlon and Suvorov Attack district competitions have kicked off in Western MD



March 13, 2019 - 12:29







At the Alabino training ground in the Moscow region, motorized rifle and tank crews of the combined-arms army of the Western Military District held a drawing of lots and test heats at the Suvorov Attack 2019 and Tank Biathlon 2019 competitions.

Sixteen best crews of infantry combat vehicles BMP-2 and T-72B3 tanks, which came from military units stationed in the Voronezh, Belgorod and Smolensk regions, entered the training tracks of the test site.

They will cover ground and water obstacles on the 4-km track with a total length, hit various types of targets with a regular projectile at a distance of 900 to 2,200 meters.

In total, over 150 of the best crews and about 40 pieces of military equipment take part in the district stage of the competition.

The results of the competitions shall be announced on March 16. The winners will qualify for the Tank Biathlon and Suvorov Attack all-army stage.




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Chief of Russian General Staff speak on participation of the Kazakhstan's military contingent in the Tsentr 2019 strategic exercise



March 13, 2019 - 17:40







Today, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia - First Deputy Minister of Defence, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov met with his Kazakhstan's counterpart in Moscow, Lieutenant General Murat Maykeev.







“This year we plan a number of important operational and combat training activities. The main one is the participation of the contingent of the Kazakhstan's Armed Forces in the Tsentr 2019 strategic post exercise, said Valery Gerasimov during a conversation with Murat Maykeev.







According to Valery Gerasimov, Kazakhstan is the main strategic ally and the closest partner of Russia in Central Asia. At the same time, there is successful cooperation not only on a bilateral basis, but also at the sites of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).










"We are improving our unified regional air defence system, joint planning of the use of the armed forces of Russia and Kazakhstan is carried out. We are also actively involved in military-technical cooperation in the field of military personnel training. In addition, the traditionally good exchange of delegations in various areas of the armed forces is organized, ”the Chief of the General Staff of Russia added.







“A wide range of practical cooperation in the fight against international terrorism is also possible. Given the current military-political situation, I consider this issue important, ” concluded Valery Gerasimov.




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Chief of Russian General Staff thanks Armenia for its participation in recovering peaceful life in Syria



March 13, 2019 - 18:07







Armenia took an active part in restoring peaceful life in Syria, said Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, First Deputy Defence Minister General of the Army Valery Gerasimov.













“I am grateful for your help in recovering peaceful life in Syria. Armenia was one of the first to respond to our call and took an active part in resolving humanitarian tasks in the territory of this country,” said Valery Gerasimov at a meeting with the Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Artak Davtyan.










As the Chief of the Russian General Staff emphasized, Armenia is an ally and a key partner of Russia in the South Caucasus. At the same time, cooperation is conducted both in a bilateral format and within the framework of international structures, primarily the Collective Security Treaty Organization.




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In the town of Lak Sao, the latest Russian demining means handed over to engineering specialists of the People’s Army of Laos



March 14, 2019 - 10:00







Today, in the town of Lak Sao (Bolikhamsai province, the People's Republic of Lao) the Russian latest means of detecting explosive ordnance and protection have been handed over to engineers of the People’s Army of Laos.







Representatives of the International Mine Action Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation during the humanitarian demining tasks in the Republic of Lao have trained 19 military personnel to work on Russian search vehicles.







At the site of the demining detachment, a center branch was established where Laotian military personnel undergo training. Under the guidance of the instructors of the mine action center, the Lao specialists studied theoretical basis and components of Russian means of explosive ordnance searching and a sapper's protection. Practical application was carried out on the ground jointly with the Russian specialists.







The Lao side received a wide range of mine detectors, which are based on various physical principles of explosive ordnance detection.







The 36-strong detachment of the International Mine Action of the Russian Armed Force has been despatched to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in order to assist in demining the territory by the decision of the President of the Russian Federation - the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.




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Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters make another report on plight of the Syrians in the Rukban camp



March 14, 2019 - 10:04



JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic “On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees”

(March 14, 2019)


For 1,778 days now the Syrian citizens has been suffering forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups.

The US-controlled Magavir al-Thawrah gangs continue to commit crimes in the occupied al-Tanf area and force them to work for themselves.

The disastrous humanitarian situation in the camp is seriously aggravated by the criminal situation created by the militants with the connivance and direct support of the American side. Syrian citizens are involved in smuggling weapons and ammunition. Human trafficking is flourishing.

All this makes the life of ordinary people in the camp even more unbearable, forms a high level of terrorist threat, which causes concern to the Jordanian and Iraqi authorities.

We would like to remind you that according to official UN statistics, more than 95 percent of the residents of the Rukban camp want to leave the camp, and 80 percent want a speedy return to the territory controlled by the Syrian government.

Today, the third international donor conference to raise funds for Syria continues its work in Brussels. Unfortunately, the leadership of the republic was denied participation in this forum, and therefore the interests of the overwhelming number of Syrians, who are still suffering from the dire consequences of the war against terrorist organizations, were not represented at the forum.

The UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syrian crisis, who arrived to attend the conference, said in his statement that the Rukban camp is not the place where people should live and it is necessary to create all the conditions for its dissolution.

We hope that the distribution of the collected funds will not be politicized, and a significant part of them will go towards restoring peaceful life in the territories controlled by the Syrian authorities, including ensuring a decent life in the places of residence chosen for return by the residents of Rukban.

The Syrian authorities need international financial assistance and are ready to ensure transparency in the use of these funds for their intended purpose.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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Two Tu-22M3 long-range bombers made a scheduled flight over the neutral waters of the Black sea



March 14, 2019 - 19:30






During the flight, crews of long-range bombers covered about 4,500 kilometers and were in the air for more than 5 hours.

Long-range aviation pilots make regular flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Caspian seas, and Pacific Ocean.

All flights of the Russian Aerospace Forces are carried out in strict accordance with the International Airspace Management System without violating the borders of other states.




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Joint statement by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees» (March 15, 2019)



March 15, 2019 - 10:10



JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees»

(March 15, 2019)


For 1,779 days now the Syrian citizens has been suffering forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups in the occupied Al-Tanf zone.

We welcome the position of the United Nations, expressed in the results of the visit of Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees F. Grandi to the Syrian Arab Republic.

According to him, the activity of local authorities in restoring the country's economy, as well as preparing decent living and working conditions for citizens returning to the republic, has a steady positive trend.

There has been some lack of efforts in the areas of security, the restoration of property rights, the issuance of identity documents, access to education, health and food, as well as the resolution of the problem of conscription.

But this only reinforces the understanding that the country is exhausted by the fight against terrorism, and additional financial and other assistance to the Syrian Arab Republic is needed.

Returning to the topic of the Rukban camp of internally displaced persons we can say for sure that despite the still unsettled life of Syrian citizens, security is provided by the Syrian authorities, jobs are created at an accelerated pace and this allows everyone to return to their homes and help the country with their own hands in creating decent living conditions. To take part in construction and restoration of dwellings.

And it's definitely much better than living in the old tents littered with trash and dotted with natural burial grounds of the Rukban camp.

Grandi also paid a visit to Lebanon, following which he noted that about 89 percent of Syrian refugees want to return to their homeland, as the living conditions in Syria are much better than in the Lebanese camps. Then what can we say about Rukban, where the living conditions are worse than in the camps in Lebanon!

Today, Latakia province has already prepared housing for 500 Syrians. We invite representatives of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to visit the province to see the readiness of facilities for the reception of returning citizens. The conditions created in Latakia, as well as Khalidiyah, al-Amara, Homs, Mhine, al-Qaryatayn, Palmyra, the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo, today provide decent accommodation more than 35,000 people. And we are talking about those people who are in al-Tanf zone occupied by the American side.

The Syrian government continues to maintain six convoys of comfortable buses, which are ready to move directly to the Rukban camp at any time for the simultaneous evacuation of up to 2,400 people to their chosen places of residence.

We urge the US side only to provide access and safe passage of humanitarian convoys in al-Tanf zone controlled by Magavir Al-Saura armed gang and the unimpeded work of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in the Rukban camp.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees» (March 16, 2019)



March 16, 2019 - 11:30



Today is already 1,780th day of suffering of Syrian citizens forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups.

Until now, there is no consent of the American side to the passage of bus columns formed by the Syrian authorities to the occupied al-Tanf zone and readiness to ensure the safety of the evacuation of camp residents.

However, the situation in the camp continues to deteriorate. The current dangerous health situation is a matter of serious concern. According to the representative of the World Health Organization in the Syrian Arab Republic E.Hoff, in the Rukban camp of internally displaced persons there is no doctor and continue to develop life-threatening infectious diseases. Many cases of diarrhoea, hepatitis and skin diseases have been identified.

Two days ago, due to malnutrition, poor sanitation and infection, two Syrian children died in the camp. And this is just one day. And the reason for that is the absolutely destructive position of the USA and their indifference to the lives of innocent little inhabitants of this camp.

At the same time, the American side has enough conscience to accuse Russia and Syria of blocking the UN humanitarian convoys, while international humanitarian organizations have already recognized the need to disband this ghetto as soon as possible and evacuate its residents.

The US illegally occupied al-Tanf zone and restrict the activities of international and non-governmental humanitarian organizations on the territory, using Magavir Al-Saura armed gang. In this zone, the us military has full control over parts of the Syrian-Iraqi and Syrian-Jordanian borders, including the Rukban internally displaced persons camp, where crime is rampant.

We reiterate that the Syrian government has long been ready to disband the camp and receive its inhabitants. In the settlements chosen by the residents of Rukban, a sufficient number of residential facilities have been prepared for accomadation. The necessary stock of food, drinking water, bedding and medicines has been created.

Taking into account the catastrophic living conditions of the residents of the Rukban camp and understanding the need for an early evacuation to end their daily suffering, the Syrian authorities have formed and are in constant readiness of 6 car columns of comfortable buses.

Once again, we call on the American side to show mercy and finally to open access to the occupied al-Tanf zone, to give the opportunity to take out the suffering residents of the Rukban camp of internally displaced persons, to stop their suffering, to allow them to live freely in their native places for the speedy restoration of peaceful life in Syria.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees» (March 17, 2019)



March 17, 2019 - 10:10



For 1,781 days now the Syrian citizens has been suffering forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups in the occupied Al-Tanf zone.

Unbearable living conditions of the camp residents are exacerbated by violence from militants controlled by the United States armed gangs headed by Magavir Al-Saura, the hunger, cold and dangerous infections, and the lack of any opportunity freely to leave it.

Since may 2018, a little more than 800 Syrians have managed to return to their homes, each of them paid the militants 300 US dollars for their freedom. But today no one leaves Rukban, since the old people, disabled people, women and children have no place to take this money, and fathers of families cannot collect the necessary amount for all family members, since there is no work in the camp.

Syrian citizens who have left the camp are afraid to report this information openly, seriously fearing for the lives of the people remaining in the camp.

We urge the entire world community to pay close attention to this glaring fact. The United States and its accomplices, depriving the residents of the Rukban camp of free movement and choice of residence at their discretion, grossly violate all the fundamental norms of international law.

We again appeal to the United Nations to abandon the inefficient practice of supplying humanitarian convoys to Rukban prisoners, since a significant part of the cargo is used by the Americans to feed the militants. We urgently demand an impact on the United States for the speedy disbandment of the camp. Internally displaced persons should be able to leave the camp without paying tribute to pro-American groups.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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Russian Deputy Defence Minister inspects Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk region



March 17, 2019 - 11:20



Russian Deputy Defence Minister Timur Ivanov inspected Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk region as part of a working trip to the troops of the Western Military District.

"Work on the construction of the facilities of the cosmodrome is carried out in strict accordance with the established deadlines, all activities are carried out according to the approved schedule and previously given instructions of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces," – Timur Ivanov said.

The Deputy Head of the Military Department, together with the commander of the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces, Colonel General Alexander Golovko, checked the progress of the construction of the unified launch technical complex of the Angara space rocket complex.

As a result of the work at the facilities of the cosmodrome, Timur Ivanov held a work meeting during which he noted that priority was given to the construction of launch complexes for the launch of the Angara and Soyuz launch vehicles, as well as the preservation of high rates of work performed.

Currently construction of housing for servicemen and cultural and leisure facilities at Plesetsk. Also, the construction of an indoor skating rink for sports of the cosmodrome servicemen and residents of the city is being completed.




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Military traffic inspectors from military districts and Northern Fleet train for Road Patrol regional stage



March 17, 2019 - 18:06







The preliminaries of Road Patrol contest finishes at the end of March 2019.

For the first time, military traffic inspectors will take part in the competition as part of military districts and the Northern Fleet.

In 2019 the contest program includes another competition - "Acceleration and Emergency Braking" where the participants will show their reaction and sense of dimensions of the car.

The international stage of the Road Patrol competition will be held in the Islamic Republic of Iran in August 2019.




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The Russian Federation is to perform an observation flight on the Russian AN-30B surveillance aircraft over the France territory



March 17, 2019 - 23:58



In the framework of the international Treaty on Open skies, the Russian Federation is to perform an observation flight on the Russian AN-30B surveillance aircraft over the France territory.

The observation flight over France will be carried out from 18 to 22 March 2019 from the Orleans Bricy Open Skies airfield. The maximum flight range will amount to 2,078 km.

The Russian observation aircraft will fly along the agreed route, and the France representatives on board will monitor the use of special equipment and compliance with the provisions of the Treaty on Open Skies.

Observation flights within the framework of the treaty are carried out in order to promote greater openness and transparency in the military activities of the participating States, as well as to enhance security through strengthening confidence-building measures.

This is the sixth observation flight made by the Russian Federation over the territories of the states-members of the treaty in 2019.




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Confident Reception preliminaries finish in Eastern MD



March 18, 2019 - 09:56







The second preliminaries of the Confident Reception contest between servicemen of signal troops is finished, which is part of the International Army Games 2019.







Now the strongest crews will meet to determine who deserve to represent the Eastern Military District at the all-army stage.







The servicemen practiced tasks aimed at raising the level of professional training, improving the coordination of subunits and checking the combat capabilities of modern and prospective communications technology in conditions as close as possible to real ones.







Part of the contest tasks specialists of signal troops practiced with the use of individual protection equipment.







Servicemen of signal troops practice tasks at command post, antenna modules and command and staff vehicles, radio relay stations, satellite communication stations, Redut-2US mobile communication complexes.




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JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees» (March 18, 2019)



March 18, 2019 - 10:10



Joint Statement by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees»

(March 18, 2019)


Today is the 1,782th day of suffering of Syrian citizens forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups in the occupied al-Tanf zone.

The American side has already repeatedly shown its indifference to the suffering of the disastrous residents of Rukban. The US seek to hide both the camp’s population and the world’s public from the positive dynamic of restoring peace, which has been achieved thanks to the efforts of the government of the Syrian Arab Republic with the support of Russia and other countries. Political and informational pressure is exercised on all who are willing to assist in the revival of Syria.

The results of the third Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region were another confirmation of the disinterestedness of the United States and the European Union in the return of Syrian citizens from Europe to their pre-war places.

The decisions of the Brussels Forum on the failure to provide official Damascus financial assistance have been taken, despite the fact that the situation in the country is normalizing, and the Syrian government is taking active measures to revive the Syrian economy.

We welcome the statement by N.Roschdy the new humanitarian adviser to the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria, to step up joint work with the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the participation of the world organization in the voluntary, safe and dignified resettlement of internally displaced persons from the al-Tanf zone.

We emphasize that the only possible way to stop the suffering of Rukban residents is to resettle the camp in full accordance with their desire.

The authorities of Syria are ready at any moment to send 6 car columns prepared with the help of evacuation of Syrian citizens with comfortable buses and rescue the suffering Syrian citizens. For this purpose, only the consent of the American side is necessary to disband the camp and provide guarantees for the security of the movement of vehicles in the occupied al-Tanf zone.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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Naval stage of Keys to the Sky contest kicks off in Kaliningrad region



March 18, 2019 - 12:20







Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile and gun system crews will practice live-fire drills in Kaliningrad region duging naval stage of Keys to the Sky contest.

Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile and gun system crews from Baltic, Northern, Pacific and Black Sea Fleets and Caspian Flotilla are involved in this competition.

The contest is held in several stages: drivers competition, loading the launcher, repelling the impact of the mock enemy air attack weapons with simulated launches, maneuvering an anti-aircraft missile battalion.

Participants will practice tasks in detection, capture and destruction of means of air attack of mock enemy that would imitate the naval aircraft fleet.




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Iran hosts Depth 2019 International Diving Contest



March 18, 2019 - 15:00







In August, the Islamic Republic of Iran will host Depth 2019 International Diving Contest. The Russian Navy will be represented by a team of the best diving specialists of the Northern, Pacific, Black Sea and Baltic fleets at the international stage .

Its participants will compete in underwater orienteering with the use of a compass, assistance to a confused diver and first aid, search and lifting of a sunken product, underwater welding, cutting.

Divers from all participating countries will practice tasks in a confined space, scuba diving at speed, and will take part in the relay.

A new element in the program of the international stage of the contest will be underwater wrestling in fins Aquatlon.

On March 13 in Sevastopol the all-army stage of Depth 2019 contest of professional skill among divers came to the end. Pacific Fleet team won the all-army stage of the contest.




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Joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic stated that the United States does not have the right to impose excessive demands on the Syrian government on the organization of any special conditions for the recept



March 19, 2019 - 10:10



JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees»

(March 19, 2019)


Today is already 1,783th day of suffering of Syrian citizens forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups.

Despite the economic crisis that Syria is experiencing after the war, the government of the republic continues to make enormous efforts to restore the country's infrastructure and is taking unprecedented measures to create the necessary conditions for refugees and internally displaced persons.

The results of the Brussels conference, organized to assist Syria, essentially continue to impose heavy economic sanctions on the Syrians and at the same time its organizers pretend to help the population exhausted by eight years of fighting international terrorism.

However, the collected funds will only go to help refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Thus, the European Union, by stimulating their assimilation in these states, impedes the process of the return of Syrian citizens to their homeland.

And about 400 million US dollars allocated by the American side to help Syria, not a cent will go to the Syrian people. The entire amount is distributed between UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, including the maintenance and further financing of provocations, including the use of toxic substances conducted by White Helmets activists. Apparently, their experience of installing staged videos about so called "regime atrocities" can still be useful if justification for aggression against the legal authorities of the country is needed.

At the same time, the United States and its allies believe that they have the right to impose excessive demands on the Syrian government on organizing any special conditions for receiving returning citizens, including those from the Rukban refugee camp, while not providing any financial assistance to support national economics and the maintenance of internally displaced persons.

If the US leadership really cares about the fate of the Rukban residents, then the American side needs to open unimpeded access to the camp of internally displaced persons to evacuate its people and leave the illegally occupied Al-Tanf zone.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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Field kitchen contest kick off in 2nd combined arms army in CMD



March 19, 2019 - 10:25







In the Orenburg region, the second stage of Field Kitchen international contest started at the Totsky training ground, where servicemen of formations and military units of the 2nd combined army of the Central Military District take part.

Military chefs compete in baking bakery products and preparing a full meal in field kitchens, mobile ovens and field bakeries, the winners of this stage will represent the army in district competitions.

In addition to the skills of cooking, specialits of catering service will practice shooting with the use of AK-74 assault rifle and a PM pistol.

During preliminaries, the most prepared chefs will will represent the army in district competitions.




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SMD's snipers to participate in contest in Volgograd region



March 19, 2019 - 10:40







10 teams from Vladikavkaz, Krasnodar, Rostov and Astrakhan regions arrived at the district stage of the sniper units Sniper Frontier 2019, which will take place in the Volgograd region at the Prudboy training ground.

More than 60 participant are involved in the contest district stage.

By the end of the month, snipers will train, improve their skills in shooting at head figures appearing in random order that appear at different distances from 400 to 800 m, without amending the scope.

It is the first time as they perform the following tasks: Shooting at Night, Sniper in Defence, Sniper in Offensive, Sniper Biathlon Catch Up, Make a Decision, Find Yours, Matchup etc.

The final exercises is the Sniper Relay Race, which will take place on the same route as the Sniper Frontier. There are seven obstacles to be overcome by the sniper pairs.

The district stage of the contest will begin on April 1 at the Southern Military District's Prudboy training ground in the Volgograd region.




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Airborne Platoon preliminaries finishes in Novorossiysk



March 19, 2019 - 12:23







In the Krasnodar region at the Raevsky training ground, the second preliminaries of the Airborne Platoon contest among the Airborne Troops units was completed. More than 100 servicemen from various units of the Novorossiysk were involved.

Then a pursuit race took place, in which two crews from the team participated, showing the best time in the individual race.

On their race route, they overcame explosive obstacles, a threadway bridge, a slope and a ford, followed by fire missions at two frontiers. .

The tasks for the participants were completed with a relay race on combat vehicles, under the terms of which three crews from each team alternately overcame the route with shooting at the borders.

According to the results of the contest, the servicemen of the airborne assault regiment from Novorossiysk became the most accurate and deft among the colleagues.




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CMD officers conduct command-staff exercise with colleagues from three Central Asian countries



March 19, 2019 - 12:34







Russian servicemen conducted a joint command-staff exercise with colleagues from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.










The event, which was conducted under the leadership of Colonel General Alexander Lapin, Commander of the Central Military District, was attended by task forces from the headquarters of the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.













As part of the command and control posts, the guests took part in resolving the crisis situation in the Central Asian region, gained experience in joint planning and use of groups of troops in the fight against mock terrorist gangs.




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Signal troops of SMD's combined arms formation participates in contest



March 19, 2019 - 12:52







At the Kadamovsky training ground of the Rostov region, the best signal troops specialists of the combined arm formation of the Southern Military District (SMD), stationed in the Rostov Region, are competing in the army stage of the Confident Reception contest as part of International Army Games 2019.







Specialists practice more than 25 standards, including the deployment of radio relay stations, masts, mast devices, energizing communication devices from autonomous power units, protective grounding equipment, and also organizing the transfer of digital information to the same type stations.










In addition, the teams practiced driving, as well as tactical exercises, fire and physical training.










In addition, a special tactical exercise was conducted during the contest to repel an attack of sabotage groups of a mock enemy during the deployment of a field communications centre using imitation tools.







About 100 servicemen take part in the contest and more than 15 units of special equipment are involved.







The best teams of Southern Military District formation will take part in the district stage of Confident Reception contest, which will be held in April.




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Joint Russian-Tajik exercise starts at Lyaur training ground in Tajikistan



March 19, 2019 - 14:30







The units of the 201st Russian military base and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Tajikistan marched to the Lyaur training ground, where they will take part in a joint exercise with live firing.







During the exercise, servicemen of two countries will practice the interaction in a single tactical situation, repelling the attack of a mock enemy, blocking and eliminating it. Motorized rifle support will be provided by Grad multiple rocket launchers.










In total, during the event, which will last until March 22, about 700 Russian servicemen and 150 servicemen of the Republic of Tajikistan will take part, as well as more than 150 units of weapons and military equipment.







The 201st Russian military base stationed in Tajikistan is the Russia's largest military formation outside its borders. It is located in two cities – Dushanbe and Bokhtar. According to the Agreement the base shall station in Tajikistan until 2042.




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Russian inspectors to visit a military facility in Latvia



March 19, 2019 - 14:40



In accordance with the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, on March 19, the Russian evaluation team plans a visit to a military object in Latvia. This was announced by the Head of the National Centre for Nuclear Risk Reduction Sergei Ryzhkov.

Such events take place in order to verify information on Military Forces and information on plans for the deployment of major weapon and equipment systems.

It is planned that the Russian evaluation team will visit a military object at its normal peacetime location. The visitors will be given a briefing on the manpower and major weapon and equipment systems.




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First two stages of Tank Biathlon an Suvorov Attack finishes at Alabino training ground in WMD



March 19, 2019 - 15:43







At the Alabino training ground in the Moscow Region, the first two stages of the Suvorov Attack 2019 and Tank Biathlon 2019 preliminaries among the motorized rifle and tank crews of the formations of the Western Military District were completed.

For the first time, as part of the preliminaries, the crews of the IFV-2 and T-72-B3 from the formations of the Western Military District practiced tasks at night.

In total, over 150 servicemen of WMD formations were involved in the district stage of the contest, who overcame over 600 km and made about 500 shots from tank guns.




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Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held talks with President of Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad in Damascus



March 19, 2019 - 20:53







On March 19, by the order of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, made a working trip to the Syrian Arab Republic.

In Damascus, Sergei Shoigu held talks with President Bashar al-Assad and delivered to the President of Syria a message from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During the talks with Bashar al-Assad, issues of fighting international terrorism in Syria, various aspects of security in the Middle East region and post-conflict settlement were discussed.

The topics of further expanding the possibilities for the voluntary return of refugees and temporarily displaced persons to their places of residence in Syria, as well as providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population were touched upon.

“In Syria, with the support of Russia, undoubtedly achieved significant success in the fight against international terrorism, to stop its arbitrariness and distribution. The main thing is that we were able to preserve the Syrian state and created conditions for the return of citizens to peaceful life”, - said Sergei Shoigu during a meeting with the Syrian President.

“However, not everyone is satisfied with the successes of the Syrian government in restoring a peaceful life. Western countries are trying to minimize any positive changes in Syria and create new obstacles to end the crisis", - said Sergei Shoigu.




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Russian Defence Ministry launches International Army Games 2019 website



March 20, 2019 - 01:30







A special multimedia project dedicated to the Fifth International Army Games has been launched on the official website of the Russian Defence Ministry.

Internet users will be able to learn in detail about the goals, objectives and rules of the competitions, participants, time and place, as well as get information about the preparation of teams for the international stage of International Army Games 2019.

Immediately during International Army Games 2019, the multimedia section of the site will be updated with news, photo and exclusive video materials covering in detail the final competitions in 32 disciplines from 10 countries.

Also, visitors to the site of the Russian Defence Ministry will be able to track the results shown by crews at each stage of the games, the position of teams in the tournament tables and learn interesting facts about International Army Games 2019 every day.

In the near future, foreign language versions of the project will be launched.

The users of the website of the Russian Military Department also have access to multimedia sections of the International Army Games over the past four years.

For reference:

International Army Games are annual competitions that define the strongest military specialists from Russia and foreign countries in 32 military contests.

International Army Games will be held in ten countries: Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. More 6,000 participants are expected.

The final stages of the International Army Games 2019 will be held from 3 to 17 August.





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Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters suggest the American side should assist in evacuation of suffering Syrian citizens from the Rukban camp



March 20, 2019 - 10:10



JOINT STATEMENT of the interagency coordinating headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic “About the plight of the residents of the camp Rukban”

March 20, 2019


Today is the 1784th day of the Syrian citizens suffering forcibly detained in the “Rukban” internally displaced persons camp controlled by the United States gangs.

Despite the obvious desire of the “Rukban” camp residents to return home, confirmed by the results of UN surveys, and the repeated statements of the American side about the absence of any obstacles to the free exit of Syrian citizens, we have not seen yet a flow of internally displaced persons returning to their homes.

Having studied the situation in detail, we come to the understanding that the capabilities of the US military base in Al-TANF to ensure the safety of “Rukban” residents who have expressed a desire to return to their native places are clearly insufficient. Being held hostage to its own destructive policy conducted in the Syrian direction, today, the American side is not able to influence all illegal armed groups rampaging in the occupied zone.

In this regard, the Syrian government is ready to provide reliable protection and defense of 6 humanitarian vehicle convoys by the security service of the Syrian Arab Republic in cooperation with the military police units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

We offer the American side to take part in the arrangement of humanitarian operation cover to evacuate suffering Syrian citizens by planes using joint efforts of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Command of the US Armed Forces in the area of Al-TANF.

We kindly request the US leadership to support this initiative and to appoint its representatives to accompany the vehicle convoys, as well as to influence the militants to ensure unrestricted access to the “Rukban” camp.


Head of the Interdepartmental Coordinating Headquarters of the Russian Federation for the return of refugees to the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic - Head of National Defense Center of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of the Interdepartmental Coordinating Headquarters of the Syria for the return of refugees to the territory of the Syrian Arab
Republic - Minister of Municipal Administration and Ecology of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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The main topic of the Moscow Conference on International Security will be the situation in the Middle East



March 21, 2019 - 00:00







The Russian Defence Ministry has opened a website dedicated to the VIII Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS). The main topic of the Moscow Conference on International Security will be the situation in the Middle East. This is stated in the address of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu to the participants and guests of the MCIS 2019, published on the website.

“The situation in the Middle East will be discussed with a focus on comprehensive stabilization of the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic. Subject-matter panel sessions will consider peacekeeping, military-to-military engagements, regional security in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Also agenda will encompass the problems of utmost significance in terms of shaping views on the international security.

Along with traditional plenary sessions and panel discussions we are arranging a series of «round tables» to expand meaningful views exchange among experts.

For reference:

The VIII Moscow Conference on International Security will be held on April 23-25, 2019. Once again, the hotel Ukraine will be the venue for discussions.

For 7 years, the conference has established itself as an authoritative and open platform for discussing the most pressing problems of global and regional security. In 2018, over 850 delegates from 95 countries of the world took part in it, including 30 Heads of Military Departments, 14 Deputy Defence Ministers and Chiefs of General Staffs, representatives of 70 research centres and non-governmental organizations.





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Commonwealth Warrior preliminaries kick off in Baikal



March 21, 2019 - 10:01







Commonwealth Warrior contest second stage preliminaries started in Baikal.

About 30 servicemen of formations and military units, who won in the first stage, came out, of which 5 servicemen were women.

The participant will participate in five stages of the contest, which will take place within a week.

The participants overcame the obstacle route, practiced throwing training grenades and knifes.

During the remaining contest days, the servicemen will have to endure four more competitive stages, one of which will be the literary and dance.

During the contest, the participants will take the stage and demonstrate their creative abilities.

According to the results of the second stage of Commonwealth Warrior contest, a national team will be formed, which will represent the formation at the district stage of the contest.




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Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters make another report on plight of the Syrians in the Rukban camp



March 21, 2019 - 10:10



JOINT STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees»

(March 21, 2019)


For 1,785 days now the Syrian citizens has been suffering forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups in the occupied Al-Tanf zone.

Thanks to the voluntary and noble impulse of the leadership of Jordan, the Nasib checkpoint was opened on the Syrian border, which operates around the clock, ensuring a significant flow of Syrian citizens returning to their homeland. During the day about a thousand people pass through it, and during its operation more than 100,000 Syrians have already returned to the territory of Syria.

It should be noted that the returning Syrian citizens leave temporary accommodation, organized by the authorities of the kingdom from the very beginning of the armed conflict, which takes into account all the requirements of international humanitarian organizations, and the conditions created in them cannot even be compared with the situation in Rukban. It should be emphasized that the Jordanian authorities during the civil war in Syria took about a million Syrians on their territory and managed to provide them with the necessary conditions for life.

And here the position of the United States is completely incomprehensible, they block the implementation of the initiative to disband the camp and evacuate its inhabitants in humiliating, anti-human conditions to their native places with enviable persistence.

We appeal to the entire international community to support the idea of disbanding the Rukban camp, this hotbed of violence, crime, and the spread of dangerous infections on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

The resettlement of the camp of internally displaced persons will additionally stimulate the Syrian refugees living in the kingdom to return to their homeland, and this is undoubtedly economically viable for the Jordanian side. We ask the leadership of Jordan to join this process and provide all possible assistance for the speedy rescue of people from the Rukban camp.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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Aviadarts 2019 kicks off in Southern MD



March 21, 2019 - 12:28







At the airfield in the Krasnodar region, in preparation for the International Army Games, the second preliminaries of Aviadarts began.

Pilots of formations and military units of the army and operational-tactical aviation, based in Rostov, Volgograd regions, Stavropol and Krasnodar regions, on Su-25SM assault aircraft, Su-30SM fighter jets, Su-34 fighter-bombers, Ka-52 attack helicopters, nd Mi-35M, as well as transport and combat helicopters Mi-8AMTSH take part in the contest.

During the contest, the crews need to go through a predetermined route about 150 km long, at the specified time to reach three turning points, and also to overcome the air defence system.

In accordance with the flight task, military pilots will launch unguided missiles, drop bombs and firing 30-mm air cannons at ground targets simulating military equipment and the manpower of a mock enemy.

In total, over 40 best aviation crews of the Southern Military District take part in the contest, which will last for a week.




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Anti-aircraft gunners of three fleets practice firing from the Pantsir S1 complexes



March 21, 2019 - 12:52







At one of the training grounds in the Kaliningrad region, the crews of the Pantsir S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system of the Baltic, Pacific, and Northern fleets practiced combat firing at targets imitating armored vehicles and mock assault vehicles.

The fire missions were solved within the framework of the inter-fleet stage of the Keys to the Sky contest, which this year is held on the basis of the Baltic Fleet.

In total, 2 units of Pantsir S1 and about 50 servicemen of the air defence units of the Baltic Fleet and the fleets participating in the contest were involved in the shooting.

The effective range of artillery is 4 kilometers. At the same time, the rate of fire of a 30-mm artillery anti-aircraft gun is up to 5,000 rounds per minute.

For reference:

Pantsir S1 is designed for close cover of civilian and military facilities from all modern and promising means of air attack in any weather-climatic and radio-electronic environment by day and at night. Its combat capabilities provide effective combat against any types of manned and unmanned aerial assault weapons, including those armed with precision weapons.





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Black Sea frigate Admiral Gorshkov enters Red Sea



March 21, 2019 - 14:08







Today, a detachment of ships of the Northern Fleet completed the transfer from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea through the Suez Canal.

The passage of the Northern Fleet detachment along the canal took several hours, during which the main task was to ensure the safe maneuvering of the frigate and auxiliary vessel.

During the voyage, anti-sabotage defence issues were also practiced and anti-terrorism measures were carried out.

Since leaving Severomorsk the Northern Fleet’s main base, Russian sailors have made more than 5,900 nautical miles.

Further, the detachment of the Northern Fleet will operate in accordance with the plans for a long-distant cruise in the waters of the Red Sea.




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Defence ministers from more than 30 countries to take part in Moscow seciruty conference



March 21, 2019 - 18:08







Over 1,000 delegates from 101 countries of the world, including more than 30 ministers of defence, will take part in the VIII Moscow Conference on International Security, which will be held April 23-25. This was announced by Deputy Defence Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin at a briefing for military attaches of foreign countries.

“Our Moscow playground is becoming increasingly popular: For comparison, if last year 850 delegates from 95 countries took part in the conference, this year more than 1,000 participants from 101 countries have already been registered. Defence Ministers of more than 30 states confirmed their readiness to attend the forum”, - said Alexander Fomin.

He stressed that the forum, which has been held by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation since 2012, annually gathers in Moscow. Heads of Defence Departments, representatives of the highest command of the armed forces, leading security experts from various countries and regions of the world, heads of international organizations are involved in this forum.

“The delegates of the conference have a unique opportunity to conduct an honest and open dialogue on the widest range of the most pressing issues of the modern international agenda in an atmosphere of friendship and trust,” said the Russian Deputy Defence Minister.




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Russian Defence Ministry invites NATO leadership to Moscow Conference on International Security



March 21, 2019 - 18:13







The Russian Defence Ministry invited NATO’s military-political leadership to take part in the upcoming VIII Moscow Conference on International Security on April 23-25, Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Alexander Fomin said at a briefing for military attaches.

“This year we invited 124 heads of military departments to take part in the conference, including the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance and the European Union, as well as NATO’s military-political leadership,” said Alexander Fomin.

“We look forward to professional and interested discussions,” - he added.

In recent years, NATO representatives have not participated in the Conference on International Security held by the Russian Defence Ministry.




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Militarization of space, cyber threats and “hybrid” wars to be discussed at the Moscow Conference on International Security



March 21, 2019 - 18:24







Militarization of space, “hybrid” wars, “color” revolutions, cyber threats and challenges in the Arctic will be considered at the VIII Moscow Conference on International Security on April 23-25. This was announced by Deputy Defence Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin during briefing for military attaches of foreign countries.

"Plenary session "Security in the modern world: regional and global factors and trends” will be devoted to issues of global security.

“As we see, here will be discussed the use of new technologies to destabilize the domestic political situation in various countries, consider the methods of “color” revolutions and “hybrid” wars. We expect speeches by authoritative Russian and foreign experts,” the Deputy Head of the Military Department explained.

The official opening of the conference will take place on April 24.




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Middle Eastern issues to be the main topic at Moscow Conference on International Security



March 21, 2019 - 18:30







The consequences of the defeat of terrorists in Syria, the assessment of threats to return militants to Africa and Asia will be analyzed in April at the Moscow Conference on International Security, Deputy Defence Minister of Colonel General Alexander Fomin said at a briefing for foreign military attaches today.

“One of the plenary sessions will be devoted to the Middle East topics, the consequences of the defeat of ISIS in Syria, as well as a political settlement and post-conflict reconstruction in this country. An important aspect seems to be the assessment of the threat of the return of terrorist terrorists to Africa and Asia, the problems of illegal migration”, explained Alexander Fomin.

According to him, at this plenary meeting reports of representatives from Asia and Africa are provided.

Speaking about other topics, the Deputy Defence Minister noted that “it is planned to discuss the problems and prospects of a new state structure in Libya, the migration of African refugees to Europe and the emerging threat of the spread of terrorism to European countries”.

He also said that the problems associated with the restoration and economic development of Syria and Iraq and the return of refugees will be considered in detail.

The VIII Moscow Conference on International Security will be held on April 23-25, 2019.




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Weapons of Syrian militants to be shown at Moscow Conference on International Security



March 21, 2019 - 18:34







Delegates to the VIII Moscow Conference on International Security will be able to attend an exhibition of weapons and equipment seized from militants in Syria. This was announced by Deputy Defence Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin during briefing for military attaches of foreign countries.

During the trip, it is planned to see the exposition of the rarest samples of weapons and military equipment from the Second World War, as well as the exhibition entitled “The Syrian Conflict. Russia's peacekeeping mission”, where delegates will be able to familiarize themselves with captured models of weapons and equipment of industrial and handicraft production captured from terrorists in Syria”, explained Alexander Fomin.

In addition, during an excursion to the Patriot park in the Moscow region, forum participants will be able to try themselves as a commander of a warship, an infantry fighting vehicle driver or an armored personnel carrier on modern simulators used in the training of Russian servicemen.




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Guardian of Order second preliminaries finishes in Eastern MD



March 22, 2019 - 08:15







At the training grounds of the Eastern Military District, the second preliminaries of the Guardian of Order contest among military personnel of the military police is being completed.

The event is attended by the strongest teams of military police units from the Eastern Military District.

During the contest, military police demonstrated their skills in Individual Race.

The “Patrol Race” and “Team Race” became very spectacular during which the servicemen competed in driving UAZ vehicles, repelled the attack of the mock enemy, rendered medical assistance to the injured.




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Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters make another report on plight of the Syrians in the Rukban camp



March 22, 2019 - 10:10



JOINT EMERGENCY STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees»

(March 22, 2019)


For 1,786 days now the Syrian citizens has been suffering forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups in the occupied Al-Tanf zone.

Despite the unprecedented measures taken by the Syrian authorities, the residents of the Rukban camp still cannot return home due to the tough opposition of the American side.

Washington does not care about the humanitarian catastrophe happening in the camp which every day continues to only get worse. It is advantageous for the United States to keep Rukban residents under its control as long as possible to substantiate its illegal presence in the al-Tanf zone.

But we cannot remain indifferent to the suffering of people in the Rukban camp, and with a sense of full responsibility, we insist on the early elimination of this source of violence, crime and the spread of dangerous infections on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

Recent space images show that the number of graves in spontaneous cemeteries located in the immediate vicinity of the dwellings continues to grow rapidly. There are daily reports of the death of young children as a result of unsanitary conditions and infectious diseases, as well as the absence of doctors and elementary medical care in the camp.

The conditions created in Latakia, as well as Khalidiyah, al-Amara, Homs, Mhine, al-Qaryatayn, Palmyra, the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo, today provide decent accommodation more than 35,000 people.

The Syrian government continues to maintain six convoys of comfortable buses, which are ready to move directly to the Rukban camp at any time for the simultaneous evacuation of up to 2,400 people to their chosen places of residence.

According to the basic principles of the United Nations, such as respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of race, language and religion, pursuing a sincere desire to save the suffering people of Rukban who find themselves in inhuman conditions, the Joint Coordination Committee of Russia and Syria decided:

At 10:00 on March 26, 2019, the local time, the Head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Refugee Migration Monitoring in the Syrian Arab Republic, Major General Viktor Kupchishin will hold a coordination meeting at the Jleb checkpoint, to develop agreed step-by-step activities disbanding the Rukban camp.

The representatives of the Syrian Joint Coordination Committee, the Ministry of Municipal Administration and the National Security Bureau will take part in the meeting.

In order to develop coordinated step-by-step measures for the disbandment of the Rukban camp, we invite representatives of the command of American troops in the al-Tanf zone, as well as the United States diplomatic corps in Jordan and to ensure the presence of tribal sheikhs at the event to attend the coordination meeting.

We also invite the Jordanian side to participate in the meeting, whom are interested in the earliest possible resolution of the disbandment of the Rukban camp, which is the centre of the spread of terrorism, epidemics and poverty, located near the state border of Jordan.

We appeal to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in the Syrian Arab Republic and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the UN Secretary-General to send representatives of their offices, as well as representatives of other humanitarian organizations, including the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, to this meeting.

During the event, include a visit to the Rukban camp by the working group consisting of representatives from the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Jordan, and the United Nations to monitor, study and assess the situation directly in the places of residence of refugees.

Security of the movement and the reception of the refugees on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will be provided by the security forces of the Syrian Arab Republic in cooperation with the Russian military police units. We also appeal to the US command for its part to ensure the security of the event in the 55-kilometer al-Tanf zone they control.

At the same time, it is proposed to ensure the safety of a working group in the al-Tanf zone from the air by joint efforts, by agreement, with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft of both the Russian Air Force and the US Air Force.

If it is impossible to hold a coordination meeting within a specified time frame, that is, on March 26, 2019, for any objective organizational or technical reasons, we offer reserve dates for holding: April 2 or 9, 2019 at 10.00 - local time , with the same composition and at the same place at the Jleb checkpoint.

If it is impossible to organize a visit to the Rukban camp through the Al-Tanf zone from the territory of Syria, please ensure that it is inspected from the Jordanian side. We are ready for this, in the name of saving the long-suffering residents of Rukban.

We count on the support of the world community and the United Nations in the implementation of our initiative to disband the Rukban internally displaced persons camp and evacuate suffering Syrian citizens.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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Crews of the Southern Military District's helicopters practices missile launches Aviadarts preliminaries



March 22, 2019 - 11:18







Crews of Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-8 AMTSH Terminator, Mi-35 and Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters of the Southern Military District learned how to launch missiles at training ground in Krasnodar region as part of the second preliminaries of the Aviadarts 2019 contest.

During the sorties, the pilots hit the target, imitating a convoy of military equipment, a group of planes on the airfield and the command post of a mock enemy using unguided missiles and cannon armament.

During live firing, the crews of helicopters launched 80-mm unguided missiles and fired from 30-mm aircraft cannons hit over 20 different targets. In this case, more than 50 missiles and about 1,000 shells to the aircraft cannon were spent.

The task was complicated by the fact that the pilots operated at extremely low altitude, taking into account the mountainous terrain.

In total, more than 10 crews of the army aviation of the Southern Military District were involved in combat shooting.




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Joint Coordination Committee holds another session in Moscow to discuss repatriation of Syrian refugees



March 22, 2019 - 12:40







Report by Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev.

Dear colleagues!

today we hold another session of joint coordination committees of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic.

A total of 1,676,833 Syrian citizens have already returned to their homes from abroad, with 1,282,053 of internally displaced persons and 394,780 of refugees.

Over the past month, more than 31,541 Syrian citizens have returned to their homes, including more than 4,805 internally displaced persons and over 26,736 refugees from foreign countries.

Measures are being actively taken to rehabilitate social infrastructure of the country. Over the past week, the following facilities were repaired and commissioned in:

5,300 houses,

297 medical institutions,

1,497 educational institutions,

312 water supply facilities,

319 bakeries,

1,078 power supply stations,

14,263 industrial enterprises.







Thus, the positive dynamics in the restoration of social facilities and infrastructure of Syria persists, which, in turn, contributes to the improvement of the overall situation in the country.

The Syrian Government has done tremendous work to improve the regulatory framework aimed at encouraging the return of refugees:

the decree №18 declaring an amnesty signed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been established and is working;

according with the changes made to Law №10 work continues to restore the rights of citizens to abandoned property;

a simplified procedure for the receipt or restoration by citizens of the necessary identity documents has been developed and is in effect;

a deferment from military service is provided for the returning of male population.

A large-scale activity has been launched in all international venues, including in New York, Washington, Geneva and Amman, aimed at implementing the initiative to return Syrian citizens to their homeland and assist the Syrian government in creating decent living conditions in the country.

For more information on the implementation of measures for the repatriation of Syrian refugees to the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, please inform the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Igor Viktorovich Tsarikov.







Report of the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Over the past week, one significant event can be distinguished on the Syrian settlement, the third international donor conference on Syria, held in Brussels on March 13-14. Unfortunately, representatives of official Damascus were once again not invited to the forum, and it is contrary to the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law. The conference participants pledged to provide 7 billion US dollars in humanitarian aid this year and another 2.4 billion US dollars for 2020. However, the provision of financial assistance by donors is again politicized and surrounded by preliminary requirements.

It may be noted the visit to Syria in early March by the delegation led by Filippo Grandi Commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees During the study tour and live communication with the Syrians who returned to Homs and Hama provinces, the UN humanitarian workers were personally convinced that the repatriates live in normal conditions and do not express complaints after returning home.

These are the conditions that the Syrian authorities are ready to give to their citizens who are striving to leave the Rukban camp. We would like to show the position of the Russian side that the only solution to the Rukban problem is the early disbanding of the camp and the resettlement of its inhabitants. We are convinced that palliative measures, first of all, the sending of convoys with food and medicines there will not ensure the rectification of the humanitarian situation in Rukban, especially since the overwhelming majority of those who are there would like to leave it as soon as possible.







Report by Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev.

Igor Viktorovich, thanks for the detailed report. As we see, the situation in the al-Tanf zone, which has been illegally occupied by the American side, continues to be in the center of attention of the international community and requires urgent cardinal measures to resolve it.

Despite the measures taken, the Rukban internally displaced persons camp continues to exist. Its population is in catastrophic conditions, which are aggravated every day.

Recent space images show that the number of graves in spontaneous cemeteries located in the immediate vicinity of the dwellings continues to grow rapidly. There are daily reports of the death of young children as a result of unsanitary conditions and infectious diseases, as well as the absence of doctors and elementary medical care in the camp.

And our American so called partners calmly look at all this.

But we cannot remain indifferent to the suffering of people in the Rukban camp, and with a sense of full responsibility, we insist on the early elimination of this source of violence, crime and the spread of dangerous infections on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

According to the basic principles of the United Nations, such as respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of race, language and religion, pursuing a sincere desire to save the suffering people of Rukban who find themselves in inhuman conditions, the Joint Coordination Committee of Russia and Syria decided:







At 10:00 on March 26, 2019, the local time, the Head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Refugee Migration Monitoring in the Syrian Arab Republic, Major General Viktor Kupchishin will hold a coordination meeting at the Jleb checkpoint, to develop agreed step-by-step activities disbanding the Rukban camp.

The representatives of the Syrian Joint Coordination Committee, the Ministry of Municipal Administration and the National Security Bureau will take part in the meeting.

In order to develop coordinated step-by-step measures for the disbandment of the Rukban camp, we invite representatives of the command of American troops in the al-Tanf zone, as well as the United States diplomatic corps in Jordan and to ensure the presence of tribal sheikhs at the event to attend the coordination meeting.

We also invite the Jordanian side to participate in the meeting, whom are interested in the earliest possible resolution of the disbandment of the Rukban camp, which is the centre of the spread of terrorism, epidemics and poverty, located near the state border of Jordan.

We appeal to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in the Syrian Arab Republic and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the UN Secretary-General to send representatives of their offices, as well as representatives of other humanitarian organizations, including the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, to this meeting.

During the event, include a visit to the Rukban camp by the working group consisting of representatives from the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Jordan, and the United Nations to monitor, study and assess the situation directly in the places of residence of refugees.

Security of the movement and the reception of the refugees on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will be provided by the security forces of the Syrian Arab Republic in cooperation with the Russian military police units. We also appeal to the US command for its part to ensure the security of the event in the 55-kilometer al-Tanf zone they control.







At the same time, it is proposed to ensure the safety of a working group in the al-Tanf zone from the air by joint efforts, by agreement, with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft of both the Russian Air Force and the US Air Force.

If it is impossible to hold a coordination meeting within a specified time frame, that is, on March 26, 2019, for any objective organizational or technical reasons, we offer reserve dates for holding: April 2 or 9, 2019 at 10.00 - local time , with the same composition and at the same place at the Jleb checkpoint.

If it is impossible to organize a visit to the Rukban camp through the Al-Tanf zone from the territory of Syria, please ensure that it is inspected from the Jordanian side. We are ready for this, in the name of saving the long-suffering residents of Rukban.

I turn to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.

Igor Viktorovich, I ask the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, taking into account the most difficult situation in the Rukban camp, in order to save suffering people, through appropriate diplomatic structures to resolve the issue of unimpeded access to the 55-kilometer al-Tanf zone and evacuating the camp population, to deploy an active work at all international platforms, primarily in New York, Washington, Geneva and Amman, with American colleagues.

I appeal to the head of the Syrian Joint Coordination Headquarters.







The conditions created in Latakia, as well as Khalidiyah, al-Amara, Homs, Mhine, al-Qaryatayn, Palmyra, the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo, today provide decent accommodation more than 35,000 people.

Hoping for the positive results of the upcoming coordination meeting at the Jleb checkpoint, I ask you to keep the six columns of comfortable buses in constant readiness at any moment to go directly to the Rukban camp for simultaneous evacuation of up to 2,400 people to the specified places of their residence.

Dear colleagues! We count on the support of the world community and the United Nations in the implementation of our initiative to disband the Rukban internally displaced persons camp and evacuate suffering Syrian citizens.




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Russian Deputy Defence Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin held meeting with the chairman of the Swedish Defence Commission Bjorn von Sydow



March 22, 2019 - 18:30







Russian Deputy Defence Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin held meeting with the chairman of the Swedish Defence Commission Björn von Sydow.










The sides exchanged views on issues of European security. Colonel General Alexander Fomin informed the Swedish delegation about Russian assessments of Russia-NATO relations.










In addition they discussed bilateral military cooperation.










The meeting was held in a constructive manner.




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Winners of Tank Biathlon and Suvorov Attack competitions among Western MD troops awarded at Alabino training ground



March 24, 2019 - 09:28







A solemn award ceremony of the Tank Biathlon and the Suvorov Attack competitions among the combined-arms and tank armies of the Western Military District took place at the Alabino training ground in the Moscow Region.













In the Tank Biathlon competition, the tank platoon of the Guards Tank Army took the first place, the second place was taken by the Red Banner Combined Arms Army Tank platoon deployed in the Leningrad Region, followed by the Baltic Fleet tank platoon.













The motorized rifle platoon of the Guards Tank Army won the Suvorov Attack contest, followed by the motorized rifle platoon of the Baltic Fleet, and the Guards Combined Arms Army located in the Voronezh Region.













The solemn event was attended by the command of the Western Military District, the members of the Yunarmiya military patriotic movement, tank veterans, military personnel and guests. Scouts made a demonstration performance for servicemen and guests.













Competitions among the combined arms and tank armies of the Western Military District took place in several stages. The servicemen competed in tactical, technical, fire, combat, military medical, engineering tasks. During the races, competitors crossed ground and water obstacles on the 4-km race track, engaged different types of targets at a distance of 600m to 2,200m.













In total, about 150 troops and more than 40 pieces of military equipment from Kaliningrad, Moscow, Leningrad, Smolensk, Voronezh, Belgorod regions took part in the qualifying competitions.




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Paratroopers from Russia and Belarus to conduct a peacekeeping operation during joint tactical exercises near Ulyanovsk



March 25, 2019 - 09:43







On March 25 to March 28, the first in 2019 joint exercise of the Airborne Forces of the Russian Federation and the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus is held on the territory of the Guards Airborne Assault Brigade of the Airborne Troops in Ulyanovsk.

During the exercise, joint tactical actions will be practised within peacekeeping tasks.

The paratroopers will learn the specific features of the organization and functioning of checkpoints, observation posts, will conduct training to repel an attack of a group of armed persons on the guarded object.

In a mock conflict zone, servicemen will demonstrate peacekeeping actions at the border checkpoint of the security zone, where they will practise a inspection procedure for citizens and vehicles.

A combined unit consisting of an air assault search and patrol group will land from Mi-8 helicopters by various methods (rappeling) to isolate an illegal armed formation.

At one of the stages, the personnel will train to escort a convoy and conduct a humanitarian action in the refugee camp.

Then, the paratroopers, in cooperation with the mobile reserve with the means of reinforcement, will participate in the live-fire drills using BMD-4M weapons, RPG-7, RPG-26, RPO Shmel grenade launchers, Pecheneg machine guns, AK-74M assault rifles, and sniper weapons,

The joint tactical exercise is conducted under the leadership of the Deputy Commander of the Airborne Troops for Peacekeeping Operations and the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces (CRRF), Lieutenant General Alexander Vyaznikov.

In total, more than 500 personnel will take part in joint exercises, up to 100 pieces of military and special equipment, about 20 helicopters will be involved.




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Russian group to inspect an envisaged area in Sweden



March 25, 2019 - 10:00



As stated by the Chief of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergey Ryzhkov, in accordance with the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, the Russian evaluation team plans a visit to an envisaged area in Sweden on March 25-28.

The inspection is conducted in order to determine the scale of military activity within the envisaged area which is subject to notification or to identify the absence of the military activity which is subject to notification.

The envisaged area will cover some 16,000 sq km.

During the event, Russian inspectors will visit training areas and grounds, and will be briefed on military activity, formations or units located within the specified area.




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Russian inspectors to make an observation flight over the Unites States of America



March 25, 2019 - 10:00







According to Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, within the framework of the implementation of an international treaty on the Open Skies, the Russian Federation plans to conduct an observation flight on a Russian observation aircraft Tu-154M LK-1 over the territory of the United States.

The upcoming flight will start at the Open Skies Treaty airfield of Great Falls and have a maximum range of 5,130km.

The Russian observation aircraft will fly along the agreed route, and the US specialists on board will monitor the use of special equipment and compliance with the provisions of the Treaty on Open Skies.

Observation flights within the framework of the treaty are carried out in order to promote greater openness and transparency in the military activities of the participating States.

This is the fifth observation flight made by the Russian Federation over the territories of the states-members of the treaty in 2019.




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Joint mission of Slovakia and Poland to make an observation flight over the territories of Russia and Belarus



March 25, 2019 - 10:10







According to Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, within the framework of the implementation of an international Treaty on the Open Skies, the joint mission of Slovakia and Poland plans to conduct an observation flight on a Ukrainian observation aircraft AN-30B over the territories of Russia and Belarus starting at the Kubinka airfield.

During the flight along the agreed route, Russian specialists on board the observation aircraft will monitor the strict observance of the agreed flight parameters and application of the monitoring equipment stipulated by the contract.

The AN-30B observation aircraft is a type of airplane which is not designed to use any weapons. The aircraft and observation equipment installed on it (aerial cameras) underwent an international certification, in which Russian specialists took part, which precludes the use of technical means not covered by the treaty.




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A group of specialists from Russia and Belarus to make an observation flight over Poland



March 25, 2019 - 10:10







According to Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, within the framework of the implementation of an international Treaty on the Open Skies, the Russian Federation plans to conduct an observation flight on a Russian observation aircraft AN-30B over the territory of Poland.

Observation flight over Poland will be carried out in the period from March 25 to 29 from the Open Skies Airport. The maximum flight range will amount to 1,400 km.

The Russian observation aircraft will fly along the agreed route, and the Poland’s representatives on board will monitor the use of special equipment and compliance with the provisions of the Treaty on Open Skies.

Observation flights within the framework of the treaty are carried out in order to promote greater openness and transparency in the military activities of the participating States, as well as to enhance security through strengthening confidence-building measures.

This is the sixth observation flight of the Russia-Belarus group over the territories of the States-members to the Treaty in 2019.




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Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces General of the Army Oleg Salyukov meets his Cambodian counterpart Lieutenant General Hun Manet



March 25, 2019 - 13:00







In Moscow, Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces General of the Army Oleg Salyukov held a meeting with Commander of Royal Cambodian Army Lieutenant General Hun Manet.






















They discussed issues concerning bilateral military cooperation, training of Cambodian officers in Russian military schools, as well as the participation of Cambodian soldiers in the International Army Games 2019.






















Upon arrival in Moscow, Lieutenant General Hun Manet laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial complex near the Kremlin wall.






















During the visit, the Cambodian delegation will get acquainted with the training and material base and combat training system of the Guards tank formation of the Western Military District and will visit the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, as well as the Military University of the Ministry of Defence.




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Army Scout Masters contest kicks off in Southern Military District



March 25, 2019 - 14:22







The Army Scout Masters district preliminaries have kicked off as part of the International Army Games 2019 in the Southern Military District at the test site in the Chechen Republic.

Scouts in full kit with a regular weapon will cross a water barrier up to 100 m wide, make a 3-km forced march to the assembly area and perform exercises of test firing from regular weapons against the clock.

The signalmen at the control points will organize communications and transmitting intelligence reports.

The Scout Path will most difficult stage of the competition where teams will compete at obstacle course and make a 10-km forced march across rough terrain.

The military will cross more than 20 obstacles at a distance of about 800 m.

The winners will qualify for the all-army competition to represent the district.

The district preliminaries involve over 80 servicemen from military units and formations of the district.




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Northern Fleet marines train for Seaborne Assault contest



March 25, 2019 - 17:40






The teams from the Northern Fleet Marine Brigade have started training in the Kola Bay of the Barents Sea participating in the Seaborne Assault 2019 competition held within the International Army Games 2019.

During the training, the most difficult element of the competition is being practised - amphibious assault training. The drivers of the BTR-82A armored personnel carriers will master their skills in operating the combat vehicle afloat in the area of Guba Gryaznaya, Kola Bay.

The exercise is performed as part of a platoon on three BTR-82A armored personnel carriers. Combat vehicles, one after another, enter the water and begin to move afloat, using a hydraulic propulsion unit.

Moving away from the coastline at the required distance, drivers gain the necessary intervals and distances to make up a convoy. Afterwards the platoon forms a line of cars and starts to move towards the land. Approaching the coastline, the drivers again reorganise the armored personnel carriers in the convoy to breach the mine-explosive obstacle.







The quality and speed of the exercise, and the number of points that can be scored during the competition, depend on intervals and distances between the vehicles and the correct choice of the speed of movement afloat.

The harsh conditions of the Far North complicate training of the marines for the competition. The heavy current in the Kola Bay makes its own adjustments to the work of drivers and creates certain difficulties in performing the exercise. These features allow drivers to improve their skills in all conditions of combat training.

The teams of the Northern Fleet included the best soldiers of the Marine Corps, who won prizes in various competitions and contests in the types of combat training, as well as the International Army Games 2019 in past years.

Previously, the marines practised other elements of the competition: driving military vehicles at the car-racing track, firing training, an obstacle course.




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Russian and Belarusian paratroopers take up positions before the start of peacekeeping operation as part of exercises



March 26, 2019 - 08:00






The paratroopers made a motorized march from the home station, and took up the base area, where they began to form the concept of a peacekeeping operation at command and control posts in a simulated conflict zone. At this stage, they are working on the sequence of command and control actions for a combined unit.

Russian and Belarusian servicemen train to perform practical actions in peacekeeping tasks as part of a detachment of the collective peacekeeping forces.







The joint airborne exercise of the Russian Federation and the Special Operations Forces of the Belarusian Armed Forces takes place at the airborne assault unit stationed in Ulyanovsk on March 25 - 28.

In total, more than 500 personnel take part in joint exercises, as well as up to 100 pieces of military and special hardware, and about 20 helicopters.




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Black Sea Fleet small-size missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo leaves Sevastopol and sails towards the Mediterranean Sea



March 26, 2019 - 08:45







In accordance with the combat training plan, the small-size missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo of the Black Sea Fleet has left Sevastopol and headed for the Black Sea straits.

This is the first time as the ship, commissioned by the Russian Navy in December 2018, leaves for the distant sea zone to perform the assigned tasks.

After passing the Black Sea straits, the ship will operate as part of the permanent grouping of the Russian Navy in the long-range operational zone.

Upon arrival in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo will serve with the crew of the frigate Admiral Essen, which has been performing tasks in the long-range operational zone since early March this year.

For reference:

The small-size missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo is a multi-purpose ship equipped with modern artillery, missile, counter-sabotage, anti-aircraft and electronic warfare weapons.

It is the seventh ship built for the Black Sea Fleet within the Buyan-M upgraded series. The ships of this project have an increased displacement and are equipped with the newest high-precision long-range missile weapons - the Kaliber-NK universal missile system, designed to destroy maritime and coastal targets. The Project Buyan-M is designed to protect and defend the economic zone of the state.





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Safe Environment preliminaries kick off at the Russian military base in Armenia



March 26, 2019 - 14:30







The Safe Environment competition held within the International Army Games among the NBC Defence Troops has kick off at the Alagyaz training ground, the Russian military base stationed in Armenia.

Competitions are held in three stages: individual, among sections and as part of a platoon.

Participants are going to meet with over 20 standards on driving military and special vehicles, shooting training and NBC Defence.

The winners of the stage will qualify for the district stage among the best teams of NBC Defence units of the Southern Military District.

In total, about 50 servicemen were involved in the Safe Environment preliminaries as well as more than 10 pieces of military and special hardware, including the RKhM-6 sixth generation reconnaissance chemical vehicles.




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New stages of Open Water 2019 to make the contest more spectacular



March 26, 2019 - 15:13







The Open Water 2019 contest held in the framework of the International Army Games will be even more spectacular. This contest is the most numerous in the number of participants and involved engineering equipment among other competitions of the International Army Games 2019.

In 2018, the Open Water international competition, which was always held in the city of Murom in the Oka River, the pontoon units of the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation demonstrated their skills.

The competition included six different tasks (exercises): engineering reconnaissance of water barriers, equipment of access to water barriers using the BAT-2 tracklayer, amphibious crossing by PTS-2 floating transporters, ferry crossing by the PP-2005M fleet.

The competition was complicated by a number of additional tasks: the actions of the PMM-2M ferry-bridge vehicles assembling ferries and transporting weapons and military hardware, as well as actions by pontoon bridge replacing interior bay of the platoon ferry on the water barrier.

In 2019, the all-army stage of the competition will be held in June-July, the international stage - in August.




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JOINT EMERGENCY STATEMENT by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic "On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees» (March 26, 2019)



March 26, 2019 - 17:08



Today, the Head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Refugee Migration Monitoring in the Syrian Arab Republic, Major General Viktor Kupchishin held a coordination meeting at the Jleb checkpoint, to develop agreed step-by-step activities disbanding the Rukban camp.

All parties interested in solving this problem took part in the event, including representatives of the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the UN Secretary General, the Russian Embassy in the Syrian Arab Republic, the Ministry of Local Administration, The Syrian National Reconciliation Committee, the president of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, as well as the sheikhs of the tribes in the Rukban camp.

The American side, which is directly responsible for what is happening in the al-Tanf zone, which they illegally occupied, ignored the initiative aimed at saving the people of the Rukban camp and refused to participate in the meeting.

The command of the Russian force grouping in the Syrian Arab Republic received a response from Lieutenant General Paul J. Lacamera (USA) the commander of the multinational joint formation, in which he, on the one hand, is committed to the fundamental principles of the UN in resolving the problem of Rukban camp, on the other hand, refusal to participate in the event, where exactly together with the UN representatives it was supposed to develop a roadmap for disbanding the camp.

In addition, the ultimatum stated that the Coalition will not allow participants in the coordination meeting, including representatives of the diplomatic corps of Russia, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Syrian government and international organizations, into the 55-kilometer zone of al-Tanf. Thus, the command of the American troops in the al-Tanf zone closed direct access to the inhabitants of the Rukban camp for monitoring, detailed study and assessment of the situation directly in the places of their residence.

The position of the command of the American troops is puzzling. They themselves invaded the territory of Syria, illegally occupied the 55-kilometer zone of al-Tanf and, under false pretences, blocked humanitarian initiatives to disband the Rukban camp. Despite the assurances of our American partners about joint cooperation, their goal is clearly not to save Syrian citizens dying from insanitary conditions, hunger, cold and diseases.

By their actions, the American side is trying to hide crimes against the civilians in the zone under their control. There is simply no other reasonable explanation for the unconstructive behavior of the American side.

However, a coordination meeting was held. Its results showed a clear understanding by the participants of the need for the speedy disbanding of the Rukban camp and the evacuation of its population to the territories controlled by the Syrian government.

We urge the leadership of the US troops in the al-Tanf zone to arrive on a reserve date - April 2, 2019, at the Jleb checkpoint to participate in the coordination meeting, which will allow to develop concrete joint steps to disband the Rukban camp.


Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees - Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.





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Moscow to host another session of Defence Ministry Board



March 27, 2019 - 00:01







Today the National Centre for State Defence Control in Moscow will host another session of the Defence Ministry Board chaired by the General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.

The board will discuss the draft program “On development quayage of the naval bases until 2030”.

They will also discuss issues concerning status and prospects for development of cultural institutions of the Armed Forces.

Another issue on the agenda will concern establishment of the Military construction public non-profit organisation.

The meeting of the Board will be attended by the senior members of the Armed Forces, representatives of state authorities and public organizations.




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Russian Navy and PLA Navy to hold Joint Sea 2019 naval drills in late April



March 27, 2019 - 01:00







The Russian Navy and People's Liberation Army Navy are to hold the Joint Sea 2019 joint naval drills in late April - early May 2019. The delegation of the PLA Navy, led by Rear Admiral Yan Zhenming, arrived in St. Petersburg the day before to participate in a planning conference with a delegation of officers from the Main Command of the Russian Navy and the Pacific Fleet, headed by Rear Admiral Alexander Shuvanov.

On March 25, representatives of the both countries started to hold joint consultations on preparing for the training episodes - coastal and naval.

It is planned that within the Joint Sea 2019 exercise, it is planned that Russian and Chinese naval sailors will work out joint maneuvering episodes, organise communications, practise rocket and artillery firing to engage sea and air targets, and ensure search and rescue support. In addition to surface forces, the naval aviation of the PLA Navy and diesel-electric submarines of both countries will be involved in the exercises.

For reference:

The first Russian-Chinese joint naval drills took place in the Yellow Sea in August 2005. At that time, they were part of the Peace Mission 2005 large-scale military exercises, organized under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Since 2012, the Joint Sea annual naval exercises have been held beyond the SCO, aimed at strengthening the combat capability of Russia and China to jointly counter threats at sea.





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A joint air defence system deployed in Transbaikal to cover Eastern MD troops during the drills



March 27, 2019 - 10:18







As part of large-scale exercises involving units of the Eastern Military District in the Transbaikal region, a joint air defence system was deployed to cover the troops.

For this purpose, about 3,500 troops of the air defence forces were dispatched to the Telemba training ground. The Buk, Tor, Strela-10 air defence missile systems will perform about 100 fire missions to engage small-sized, speed targets.

Some combat aircraft of the district will simulate the mock enemy. The Su-30SM multi-purpose fighter jets and Su-25 Grach assault aircraft will make several air raids to check counteractions of radar units and S-300 anti-aircraft systems.

During the flight missions, assault and fighter aviation pilots after radar exposure will work out several anti-missile maneuvers to evade the air defence of the mock enemy.




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Published on March 19, 2019





During the flight, the Minister of Defense of Russia, Army General Sergei Shoigu, over the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, was accompanied by Su-35S fighters from the Hmeymim airbase.

Today, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Damascus held talks with President Bashar Assad and delivered a message to the head of Syria from President Vladimir Putin.









Published on March 21, 2019





Russian means of controlling the airspace at a considerable distance from the state border of Russia detected the air target.

To identify and directly accompany the aircraft, a pair of Su-27 fighters from the duty force for air defense were raised into the air.

After the strategic bomber B-52H changed the flight path away from the state border of the Russian Federation, the Russian fighters returned to the home airfield.









Published on March 23, 2019











Published on March 25, 2019





MiG-29SMT fighter pilots of the aviation center from the Astrakhan region worked out a technique of group air strikes at the Ashuluk range.

The pilots performed takeoffs in pairs and flights as part of regular units, and during the execution of practical actions, they worked out the combat use of aircraft at ground targets during various maneuvers.

At the end of the flight missions, the pilots completed the elements of the near-maneuverable air combat of a pair against a pair.









Published on March 26, 2019





Chemists of the 8th Army of the Southern Military District eliminated the consequences of an imaginary man-made accident during a training exercise at the Prudboy training ground.

The area of the territory exposed to an imaginary infection exceeded 10 square kilometers. The area was quickly cordoned off, degassing and decontamination posts were put up on the roads, and special military equipment was pulled to the epicenter of the accident.

With the help of radiation and chemical reconnaissance vehicles, the state of the environment was monitored, while specialists conducted decontamination, disinfection and decontamination of the terrain, equipment, weapons and objects in the zone of imaginary contamination.

The subdivisions of the aerosol countermeasures using the newest TDA-3 special vehicles provided masking of the command post, military equipment, military infrastructure of the field camp and the area of deployment of troops, putting smoke curtains on them.



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