Novorossiysk Airborne Forces troops participate in Crimean drills

Some 350 Airborne Forces troops from 7th Guards Mountain Air Assault Division were airdropped to the peninsula during the second day of the military exercises, involving three large units of Russia’s Airborne Forces, Aerospace Forces and the Black Sea Fleet, which began in Crimea’s Opuk firing range, the commander in charge of the exercise, Colonel-General Anatoly Serdyukov said.

He noted that nine Il-76 planes airdropped some 350 Airborne Forces troops and 9 combat vehicles to Crimea.

Russia has launched unprecedented land, air and sea drills in Crimea in a coordinated training exercise involving thousands of troops yesterday.

It will see more than 2,500 paratroopers and 600 pieces of equipment deployed to the peninsula.

Russian troops will practice amphibious landings and airdrops and carry out firing drills during “offensive and defensive operations”.