Russia: Putin springs surprise inspection on troops

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Putin ordered the military to carry out a surprise inspection in the Eastern Military District from Friday evening until Saturday morning. The Russian President put the troops on full alert before sending them to training grounds in Chita in Russia's Zabaykalsky region. Given the scale of the exercises and taking into account current international practices, President Putin instructed the defence minister to brief the Russian Federation's foreign partners on the upcoming military exercise. According to the defence minister, taking part in the exercise are up to 160,000 troops, alongside roughly 1,000 tanks and armoured vehicles. Some 130 long-range aircraft, military transport planes, fighters and bombers will also participate, as well as 70 ships and other Navy vessels.

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