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International Military exercises "Center 2019" | September 2019 | Russia





Russia, China and India held joint anti-terrorism exercises with Pakistan and four Central Asian republics last week.


Nearly 130,000 troops, 20,000 pieces of equipment, 600 aircraft and up to 15 warships were rolled out across eight Russian training grounds for the Center-2019 (Tsentr-2019) drills.


The Sept. 16-21 war games, which President Vladimir Putin observed Friday with his counterpart from the ex-Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, did not go off without a hitch, however.


At least two combat vehicles were destroyed in a landing exercise in Orenburg region that day, the Defense Ministry confirmed following media leaks showing the scale of the destruction Sunday.


“Both vehicles were damaged in a collision with the ground as a result of faulty parachute systems,” the ministry said in a statement


The Russian military said no crew members were on board the destroyed combat vehicles, but anonymous reporting suggested at least five paratroopers had been hospitalized with injuries in the BMD-2 mishap.


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