WAR FOOTING – 300,000 Participate in Largest War Games Since Cold War- Russian and Chinese tanks tear up fields and choppers fill the skies. Putin Watches With “Glee” ..USA Media Responds – Demands the Arrest of Russian Social Media Hackers


VLADIMIR Putin today vowed to strengthen his mighty army and supply it with even more weapons as he watched Russia’s biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union.

The Vostok 2018 drills – taking place in eastern Siberia close to the border with China – involve 300,000 Russian troops as well as joint exercises with the Chinese army.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin uses a pair of binoculars as he watches his troops in action

Russian President Vladimir Putin uses a pair of binoculars as he watches his troops in action

 Russia's military capabilities are clear to see in this amazing photograph

Russia’s military capabilities are clear to see in this amazing photograph

 T-72B tank takes part in the main stage of the Vostok 2018 military exercise

T-72B tank takes part in the main stage of the Vostok 2018 military exercise

 Servicemen fast-roping from a Mil Mi-8AMTSh-V multi-purpose helicopter

Servicemen fast-roping from a Mil Mi-8AMTSh-V multi-purpose helicopter

 Helicopters display their terrifying firepower over Siberia this afternoon

Helicopters display their terrifying firepower over Siberia this afternoon

“This is the first time our army and fleet have undergone such a difficult and large-scale test,” said President Putin.

The exercises, that involve over a thousand military aircraft as well as up to 36,000 tanks, come amid tense relations between Russia and the West that have fallen to a post-Cold War low.

Speaking at the Tsugol firing range about 80 miles north of the border with China, Putin said Russia was a peaceful country ready for cooperation with any state interested in partnership, but that it was a soldier’s duty to be ready to defend his country and its allies.

“Therefore we are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment, develop international military partnership,” he said.

 Russian self-propelled artillery during a live firing drill at the Vostok 2018

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Russian self-propelled artillery during a live firing drill at the Vostok 2018

 The exercises involve more than one thousand military aircraft as well as up to 36,000 tanks

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The exercises involve more than one thousand military aircraft as well as up to 36,000 tanks

 Chinese troops parade during military exercises on a training ground at Tsugol in Siberia

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Chinese troops parade during military exercises on a training ground at Tsugol in Siberia

 A soldiers stands on parade as tanks parade for Putin

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A soldiers stands on parade as tanks parade for Putin

 Chinese servicemen stand with their arms in front of the country's military hardware

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Chinese servicemen stand with their arms in front of the country’s military hardware

 Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles take part in the main stage of the Vostok 2018 military exercise

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Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles take part in the main stage of the Vostok 2018 military exercise

The Chinese media have described the People’s Liberation Army involvement in the drills as the country’s largest-ever dispatch of forces abroad for war games.

Russia has said it is showcasing methods developed during its military intervention in Syria, giving Chinese forces – which haven’t fought in a war since 1979 – a glimpse of real combat skills.

The five-day mock battles involve more than DOUBLE the number of recruits currently in the entire British armed forces.

NATO has already condemned the war games as a rehearsal for “large-scale conflict” – and experts say they are without doubt the largest in modern Russian history.

 The drills involve 300,000 Russian troops as well as joint exercises with the Chinese army

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The drills involve 300,000 Russian troops as well as joint exercises with the Chinese army

 Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers participate in the military drills in the skies over Siberia

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Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers participate in the military drills in the skies over Siberia

 Explosions are seen near mock battles just a few miles from the Chinese and Mongolian border

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Explosions are seen near mock battles just a few miles from the Chinese and Mongolian border

 Military helicopters fire their missiles during one of the mock air battles put on for Putin

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Military helicopters fire their missiles during one of the mock air battles put on for Putin

 A Chinese Type-08 self-propelled tank destroyer headed one of the many parades

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A Chinese Type-08 self-propelled tank destroyer headed one of the many parades

“It fits into a pattern we have seen over some time – a more assertive Russia, significantly increasing its defence budget and its military presence,” warned an alliance spokesman.

The Russian army has compared the show of force to the USSR’s 1981 Zapad war games that saw around 150,000 Warsaw Pact soldiers take part in the largest military exercises of the Soviet era.

Yet the drills – to take place across several training grounds – will dwarf even this notorious exercise when it comes to scale.

Military leaders released video footage of military vehicles, planes, helicopters and ships getting into position for the initial stage of the drills.

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 An anti-aircraft missile system S-300 is launched over a mock battlefield

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An anti-aircraft missile system S-300 is launched over a mock battlefield

 Thousands of Chinese troops are also taking part in the massive drills in Russia

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Thousands of Chinese troops are also taking part in the massive drills in Russia

 Chinese tanks roll across the fields during military exercises at Tsugol in eastern Siberia

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Chinese tanks roll across the fields during military exercises at Tsugol in eastern Siberia

 An explosion erupts during the drills, which are the largest held since the Cold War

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An explosion erupts during the drills, which are the largest held since the Cold War

 A Russian mine clearer careers across open farmland in Siberia during the five-day drills

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A Russian mine clearer careers across open farmland in Siberia during the five-day drills

 


The jaw-dropping numbers involved in the Vostok-2018 include:

  • Around 300,000 battle-ready Russian troops.
  • More than 1,000 planes, helicopters, and drones.
  • 36,000 tanks and armoured personal carriers.
  • More than 80 ships and naval support vessels.
  • An estimated 30 aircraft from the Chinese air force.
  • Mongolian troops will also join the battles.
  • Russia has one million military personnel in total.

 Chinese Type-08 infantry fighting vehicles join the military manoeuvres watched by Putin

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Chinese Type-08 infantry fighting vehicles join the military manoeuvres watched by Putin

 Two missiles fly across the battlefields in eastern Siberia before hitting their targets

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Two missiles fly across the battlefields in eastern Siberia before hitting their targets

 Russian A-1 quadricycles take to the battlefields

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Russian A-1 quadricycles take to the battlefields

 The exercises involved more than a thousand military aircraft from Russia and China

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The exercises involved more than a thousand military aircraft from Russia and China
Russia stages biggest war games EVER with 300,000 troops marching alongside Chinese soldiers for the first time

The Chinese claimed the vast operation was not “directed against any third party” and would focus purely on “defences, firepower strikes and counterattack.”

But close Putin ally Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defence minister, said the games would be at an “unprecedented scale both in territory and number of troops involved”.

He declared: “Imagine 36,000 military vehicles moving at the same time: tanks, armoured personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles  – and all of this, of course, in conditions as close to a combat situation as possible.”

The manoeuvres are billed as testing the combat skills of the Russian land, air and naval forces.

 The awesome display of military prowess comes amid escalating tensions between Moscow and the West

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The awesome display of military prowess comes amid escalating tensions between Moscow and the West

 The five-day war games involve double the number of troops currently in the entire British armed forces

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The five-day war games involve double the number of troops currently in the entire British armed forces

 President Putin has today vowed to make his country's military even stronger in the future

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President Putin has today vowed to make his country’s military even stronger in the future

Putin’s spokesman said last month that maintaining Russia’s defence capabilities is “justified, needed and has no alternative” as rival powers are “frequently quite aggressive and unfriendly”.

The Russian army is rolling out its latest weaponry – Iskander missiles that can carry nuclear warheads, T-80 and T-90 tanks and its recent Su-34 and Su-35 fighter planes.

At sea, the Russian fleet is deploying several frigates equipped with Kalibr missiles that have been used in Syria.

For weeks Russia has been preparing for the drills – at one point closing a road so planes could land near Khabarovsk, and firing missiles from land, surface and submarine at a target in the Sea of Okhotsk.

 NATO has already condemned the war games as a rehearsal for a 'large-scale conflict'

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NATO has already condemned the war games as a rehearsal for a ‘large-scale conflict’

 The impressive war games are underway at five military ranges in the east of Russia

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The impressive war games are underway at five military ranges in the east of Russia

 Russia is showcasing methods developed during its military intervention in Syria

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Russia is showcasing methods developed during its military intervention in Syria

The war games are underway at five ranges in the east of Russia, and in the waters of the Sea of Japan, Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.

The deployment comes after an exercise last year in collaboration with Belarus in the west of the country which involved an announced 13,000 troops.

Putin has spent hundreds of billions in recent years carrying out a major modernisation of the creaking forces he inherited from the Soviet era.

Separately he has a large convoy in the Arctic and some 25 warships in the Mediterranean – the biggest deployment since the deployed forces in Syria three years ago.

Ahead of the games, Russian forces unleashed a devastating display involving synchronised launches from land, surface vessel and submarine hitting targets in the Sea of Okhotsk.

 The manoeuvres are billed as testing the combat skills of the Russian land, air and naval forces

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The manoeuvres are billed as testing the combat skills of the Russian land, air and naval forces

 The deployment comes after an exercise last year in collaboration with Belarus

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The deployment comes after an exercise last year in collaboration with Belarus

 Putin has spent hundreds of billions in recent years updating his military

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Putin has spent hundreds of billions in recent years updating his military

The live-fire exercise hit two drifting targets in the Sea of Okhotsk on Russia’s Pacific coast as Putin was on a trip to Siberia.

Four different types of cruise missile were used in the attack – Vulkan, Granit, Malakhit and Onyx.

They were fired from the missile cruiser Varyag – flagship of the Pacific fleet – as well as missile corvettes Razliv and Moroz, and the Tomsk nuclear powered submarine.

They were supported by the Bastion missile system fired from land  and the distance of the targets was between 155 and 310 miles.

“All seven cruise missiles successfully hit the targets,” said a statement from Russia’s eastern military district.

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  • September 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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    Thank God Russia has been converted, Vladimir Putin is a living saint, and neither Russia, not their “best buddies” China have any aggressive intentions towards anyone.

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