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Military maneuvers involving units from Uzbekistan in Russia

In Russia, the Center-2019 large-scale command and staff exercises will be held with the participation of units from China, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and conditional military operations will unfold.

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The RT news portal reports the Russian Defense Ministry that the active phase of the maneuvers is scheduled for September 16-21, and the total number of military personnel involved in the exercises will be 128 thousand. The tasks will be carried out mainly at the training grounds of the Central Military District, but some of the events will take place in the Arctic, which has already caused concern of Norway. According to experts, the Center-2019 maneuvers are aimed at checking the operational and combat readiness of the Russian army and do not threaten foreign states.

Center-2019 strategic command and staff exercises will involve units of seven foreign states, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reports. The maneuvers will be attended by servicemen of Uzbekistan, China, Pakistan, India, as well as three countries participating in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan).
The active phase of the exercises will be held from September 16 to 21. 128 thousand troops, more than 20 thousand units of military equipment, about 600 aircraft and up to 15 ships will be involved in maneuvers.

The base of the grouping will be the troops of the Central Military District (CVO), including the 2nd Guards Combined Arms Army. In addition, units of other military districts will be involved in the exercises. For example, engineering units of the Western Military District (ZVO) will take part in the maneuvers. They will be transferred to the Central Military District for equipment across the Volga "the longest ferry and pontoon service in Russia."

Ships of the Caspian flotilla will be involved in the exercises. They will facilitate land units, defense of communications and areas of maritime economic activity. However, most of the tasks on the Center-2019 maneuvers will be practiced on the ground - at the training centers of the Central Military District and the CSTO member states.

Currently, the preparation of the Center-2019 exercises is in its final stages. In mid-August, the Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, Army General Valery Gerasimov checked the infrastructure of the Donguz training ground in the Orenburg region, where conditional military operations would unfold in the second half of September.

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