Friday, August 15, 2014

Russia, Mongolia start war games

MOSCOW, August 15. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian-Mongolian war games codenamed Selenga 2014 timed to the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol began at firing range Munkh Khet in Mongolia, the chief press officer of Russian Eastern Military District told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

At military exercises Russian army is represented by around 500 servicemen, about 100 units of weaponry and military hardware, including tanks T-72, infantry combat vehicles BMP-2, self-propelled howitzers Akatsiya and multiple launch rocket systems Grad were delivered to Mongolia for the first time. Meanwhile, three helicopter gunships Mi-24 were brought from Trans-Baikal Territory.

Russian-Mongolian military exercises Selenga are held regularly since 2008. This year war games are dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the victory, which Soviet-Mongolian troops had won over Japanese army on the Khalkhin Gol River in 1939.

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