The joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 has started in the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus
Practical actions of the troops (forces) started simultaneously at nine ranges - Kirilovsky, Strugi Krasnye, Mulino, Pogonovo, Khmelevka, Pravdinsky, Dobrovolsky, Dorogobuzh and Volsky, located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the Baltic Sea, as well as at five ranges in the Republic of Belarus - Obuz - Lesnovsky, Brest, Chepelevo, Domanovsky and Ruzhansky.
The joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 involves about 200 thousand military personnel, more than 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including more than 290 tanks, more than 240 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships.
Of these, 12,800 people, including up to 2,500 Russian servicemen, more than 30 aircraft and helicopters, up to 350 units of military equipment, including about 140 tanks, up to 110 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, are involved in the exercise on the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
From the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and other friendly countries, about 2 thousand military personnel take part in the Zapad-2021 exercise as part of the created coalition group of troops.
At the same time, the maximum number of personnel involved in the exercise of military units under a single operational command subject to the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence-Building and Security Measures in the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6,400 people, respectively.
The objectives of the exercise are to check the level of readiness and ability of the military command bodies of the troops (forces) of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation to take joint actions in solving the tasks of ensuring military security and territorial integrity of the Union State, their interaction during combat operations; to get practice by commanders, commanders and headquarters for the management of troops (forces) during joint actions to repel aggression against the Union State.
The joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus takes place every two years in accordance with the decision taken by the heads of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. The Zapad-2021 exercise is the final stage of the joint training of the armed forces of the two states this year.