Russian, Belarussian, Serbian Large Areas
Russia, Belarus and Serbia completed the final stage of the 'Slavic Brotherhood-2018' joint military drills in Krasnodar Region, as shown in footage released on Friday. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the troops practised blocking a simultaneous attack from three directions. Around 700 soldiers from Russia, 250 from Belarus and 50 from Serbia took part in the drills. Military attachés from 42 countries were invited to observe the active phase of the war games. As was reported earlier, during the drills, Russia will be represented by the reinforced battalion of the Kuban Cossack air assault regiment of the Airborne Force (700 paratroopers). Belarus has involved over 250 servicemen of the Special Operations Forces while Serbia’s Special Brigade is represented by about 50 paratroopers. Also, Russia’s forces in the drills will involve units of frontline and army aviation of the Air Force and Air Defense troops of the Southern Military District and Il-76MD military and transport planes of Russia’s Aerospace Force. For the first time ever, Russia will involve the latest military hardware in the drills: BMD-4M airborne assault vehicles, Rakushka air-droppable armored personnel carriers, Rys armored vehicles, T-72B tanks and Infauna electronic warfare vehicles operational in Russia’s Airborne Force, and also Aistyonok radar stations.