Sunday, September 19, 2010

Russian troops conduct live firing drills at South Ossetia base

Russian troops, deployed at a military base in South Ossetia, have conducted a battalion-level tactical exercise with live firing, a military source said. The exercise was held on Saturday at the Dzartsemi training ground.

The personnel "dealt successfully with the task and performed well at firing sites," said Lt. Col. Andrei Bobrun, a spokesman for the commander of the North Caucasus Military District.

After recognizing the independence of South Ossetia in August 2008, Russia signed an agreement with the former Georgian republic to establish a permanent military base in South Ossetia's capital, Tskhinvali.

The base hosts up to 1,700 servicemen, T-62 tanks, light armored vehicles, air defense systems and a variety of aircraft.


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