Nearly 300,000 troops will be involved in ‘Vostok (East) 2018’ in September, Russia's largest military exercise since 1981, when the Soviet Army held ‘Zapad (West) 81’, according to Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
He said, during a visit to Russia's Central Military District (CMD) reported by his ministry's website on 28 August, that 36,000 pieces of equipment such as tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and armoured vehicles would be involved in “conditions as close to combat as possible”. Russian military TV Zvezda added that Shoigu said thousands of aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles would be involved in the exercise.
Russian state news agency Tass reported on 29 August that the exercise would be conducted on 11-15 September in the Volga, Ural, and Siberian federal districts and 29 Russian regions.
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