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 Ukraine will monitor withdrawal of Russian troops from Belarus after end of Zapad-2017, - Turchynov

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On Sept. 20, the Russian Federation completed the active phase of the strategic Zapad-2017 drills with a hypothetical massive nuclear-missile strike involving all three components of the nuclear triad.

This was announced by Ukraine's NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, Censor.NET reports.

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According to him, six long-range aircraft Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 operating in the airspace of the Barents, Baltic and Norwegian seas were engaged in a hypothetical nuclear-missile attack in the last day of the exercise.

"Strategic missile troops were represented by a combat crew of the 14th Missile Division, which carried out a training-combat launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile RS-24 Yars from the Plesetsk cosmodrome (the Arkhangelsk region) hitting targets at the Kura proving ground (the Kamchatka Peninsula). The strategic missile submarine cruiser Dmitry Donskoy of Russia's Northern Fleet conducted an electronic launch of the sea-based intercontinental ballistic missile", - he said.

Moreover, according to Turchynov, an anti-ship missile firing exercise was carried out: in the water area of the Laptev Sea - by combat units of the coastal missile complexes Rubezh, and in the waters of the Barents Sea - by naval units of the Northern Fleet led by Peter the Great heavy missile cruiser and combat units of the coastal missile complex Bastion of the 536th Separate Coastal Missile-Artillery Brigade.

"This massive missile and air strike of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation once again proves the aggressiveness and offensive nature of Russia's foreign and security policy, its readiness to escalate tensions with the West up to a full-scale war, and demonstrates Russia's aspiration to dominate in Europe", - Turchynov stressed adding that active measures by the Alliance and the Armed Forces of the United States to monitor Russian military activities attest to "a complete understanding by the Western military of the scale of Russia's military threat."

"After the end of the Zapad-2017 exercise, the relocation of personnel, military equipment and weapons to Russia from the proving grounds in Belarus is planned to be carried out starting from Sept. 21 this year. Ukraine and its partner states will closely monitor the withdrawal of Russian troops from Belarus and their return to places of their permanent basing", - Oleksandr Turchynov summarized.
 
 
 
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