Military drills underway in Russian occupied Tskhinvali

Russia often conducts illegal exercises on Georgian occupied teritories. Photo: RFE/RL., 08 Sep 2021 - 13:03, Tbilisi,Georgia

Tank units from the fourth Russian military base are taking part in military exercises in the Russian occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region, Radio Liberty Georgian service reports.

30 tank units participated in the drills which involved the destruction of moving targets.

Unmanned aerial vehicles were used during the exercises. They fired at a distance of 300 to 2,000 meters from the artillery installations,” the press service of Russian Southern Military District reports. 

A total of four bilateral battalions and one regiment are conducting tactical exercises in the Stavropol Krai, Rostov region, the Chechen Republic, the Volgograd region and the Crimea. 

About 10,000 servicemen and 800 pieces of combat equipment are involved in the exercises including tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery pieces and anti-aircraft missile systems.

Russia recognised the independence of Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region on August 26, 2008, following the Russia-Georgia war. 

Only four other countries – Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru and Syria – share Russia’s position regarding the occupied Georgian territories’ status.