Servicemen of the Russian military police have started duty as part of the exercise Zapad-2021 in the Republic of Belarus
The Russian military police, together with the units of the military commandant's offices of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus, will ensure security and carry out round-the-clock patrolling and protection of the exercise sites, command posts of troops, as well as ensure the observance of law and order and military discipline in the areas where troops are deployed.
Together with the servicemen of the military commandant's offices of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus, Russian military policemen will take part in training to repel the attack of sabotage and intelligence groups on control points.
The joint strategic exercise (JSE) 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 two states.
The Zapad-2021 exercise is the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation this year.
Practical actions of the troops (forces) will take place in the period from 10 to 16 September 2021 at nine training grounds located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the Baltic Sea, as well as at five training grounds of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus.
In total, up to 200 thousand personnel, about 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships take part in the JSE Zapad-2021 on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.
The maximum number of personnel involved in the exercise of military units subject to the Vienna Document of 2011 in the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6,400 military personnel.
The return of the military authorities and troops to the points of permanent deployment after participating in the exercise is planned until mid-October of this year.