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Russian troops leaving Belarus after West 2017 drills

After the active phase of the "West-2017" exercise, units of the combined grouping of troops continue to return to the places of permanent deployment.

This applies to the Russian contingent too. At night from September 28 to September 29, the last train with military and special equipment will leave. Thus, as it was stated earlier, the troops will return to their permanent deployment locations by September 30.

Maxim Slizh, CTV:
The drills West-2017 is at the final stage. Already on the first day after the end of the active phase, echelons, first of all Russian, began to go home.

Approximately 13,000 servicemen took part in the joint maneuvers, of which almost 3,000 related to the Russian contingent. The main simulated military operations took place at six Belarusian training grounds. Mixed air defense units, as well as links of airmen kept air targets on sight. Artillery destroyed the simulated enemy successfully too. Saboteurs were eliminated by special operations forces.

Everything was done well and together, and most importantly the drills were open. This was noted by both observers and military analysts. All this is done exclusively for defense purposes.

The main goal of the drills was to protect the Belarus-Russia Union State borders. The scenarios were also different. Both trusty and new equipment was used during the drills.

Maksim Slizh:
Tonight the last echelon with military and special equipment will go to the places of permanent deployment. And, as it was stated earlier, the entire unified grouping of troops will return to barracks by September 30.

Russian troops leaving Belarus after West 2017 drills