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Vladimir Putin oversees huge military exercises within striking distance of Europe

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Russian President Vladimir Putin today oversaw massive military exercises a short distance from Europe, including a beach invasion by the world’s largest hovercraft.

Some 2,000 soldiers and more than 200 pieces of military equipment were seen in the exercise as troops stormed ashore in a war game in Kaliningrad, on Russia’s border with the European Union.

Elsewhere, Putin attended military exercises held with Belarus, Armenia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia in the Mulino Mountains in the Nizhny Novgorod region in his role as Commander in Chief of the Russian Armed Forces.

Nine ranks in Russia, including in the Baltic Sea, and five in Belarus are hosting the joint military exercises troubling Ukraine.

In Kaliningrad, footage showed the massive landing exercise with the Baltic fleets and others on the Zubr-class LCAC, the world’s largest hovercraft.

The hovercraft designed by the Soviet Union is intended to transport attack units from ships to the coast and can also transport and plant naval mines.

Russia, Belarus and others organize massive military exercises, including a beach invasion by the world’s largest hovercraft (pictured)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) oversaw massive military exercises in the Mulino Mountains in the Nizhny Novgorod region today

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) oversaw massive military exercises in the Mulino Mountains in the Nizhny Novgorod region today

Nine series in Russia, including in the Baltic Sea, and five in Belarus organize the joint military exercises that are troubling Ukraine

Nine series in Russia, including in the Baltic Sea, and five in Belarus organize the joint military exercises that are troubling Ukraine

Another video showed Russian combat helicopters in action during the large-scale Zapad-2021 exercises that developed 200,000 troops intended to highlight Russia's military readiness for the West - and neighboring Ukraine.

Another video showed Russian combat helicopters in action during the large-scale Zapad-2021 exercises that developed 200,000 troops intended to highlight Russia’s military readiness for the West – and neighboring Ukraine.

Only 10 such hovercraft are currently operating, two with the Russian Navy, four with the Greek Navy and four with the Chinese Navy.

Before the troops landed, a squadron of assault ships launched an artillery barrage along the coast to neutralize the defenses.

The landings by paratroopers and marines were supported by Su-30SM multirole fighters and Su-24 frontline bombers of the Baltic Fleet.

Another video showed Russian combat helicopters in action during the large-scale Zapad-2021 exercises that developed 200,000 troops intended to highlight Russia’s military readiness to the West and neighboring Ukraine.

The ‘helicopter carousel’ attacks by the Mi-35s and Mi-24s were aimed at inflicting continuous incendiary damage to communication, command posts and communication routes of the areas occupied by the ‘enemy’.

Tanks fire during the Zapad-2021 joint military exercises at the Mulino army base in the Nizhny Novogorod region, some 350 kilometers east of Moscow

Tanks fire during the Zapad-2021 joint military exercises at the Mulino army base in the Nizhny Novogorod region, some 350 kilometers east of Moscow

Tanks and helicopters are seen on Monday during exercises at the Mulino army base in the Nizhny Novogorod region.

Tanks and helicopters are seen on Monday during exercises at the Mulino army base in the Nizhny Novogorod region.

Helicopters fly in formation during military exercises on Monday

Helicopters fly in formation during military exercises on Monday

Russia organizes the Zapad-2021 military exercises in cooperation with Belarus, Armenia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia

Russia organizes the Zapad-2021 military exercises in cooperation with Belarus, Armenia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia

LR: Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Presidential Envoy Plenipotentiary of the Volga Federal District Igor Komarov

LR: Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Presidential Envoy Plenipotentiary of the Volga Federal District Igor Komarov

A Russian BM-21 truck-mounted 122mm multiple rocket launcher fires during the exercises

A Russian BM-21 truck-mounted 122mm multiple rocket launcher fires during the exercises

The exercises will end on Sept. 16, but Russia has announced that not all of its troops will return to their military bases before mid-October, the defense ministry said, without providing an explanation for the delayed return.

The massive exercises and the announcement of closer ties between Russia and the Belarus dictatorship have scared Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned: ‘The scenarios applied there pose serious risks’ [to Ukraine].

“We understand that if Russia somehow absorbs Belarus, we will have an additional 1,000 kilometers of danger to our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

His predecessor Pavlo Klimkin warned that Russia was about to surround Ukraine with troops, and called for a plea for help from NATO.

Exercises are underway across part of Russia, from the Baltic Sea to the borders of Ukraine, while separate exercises are underway in the Arctic.

During exercises in the Arctic, the Russian nuclear-powered submarine Oryol was shown firing a Granit anti-ship cruise missile into the Barents Sea, where waters were closed to non-naval vessels during the high-latitude war games.

The massive exercises plus the announcement of closer ties between Russia and the Belarus dictatorship have scared Ukraine

The massive exercises plus the announcement of closer ties between Russia and the Belarus dictatorship have scared Ukraine

Exercises are underway across part of Russia from the Baltic Sea to the borders of Ukraine, while separate exercises are underway in the Arctic

Exercises are underway across part of Russia from the Baltic Sea to the borders of Ukraine, while separate exercises are underway in the Arctic

Thousands of troops and pieces of heavy machinery were on display in the exercises, which will end on September 16

Thousands of troops and pieces of heavy machinery were on display in the exercises, which will end on September 16

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