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Russian forces conducted drills near Norwegian border, using artillery, missile launchers

Source : 112 Ukraine

Last weekend, Russian combat aircraft flew over the waters of Norwegian and North Seas
18:26, 12 March 2020

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A contingent of the Russian military went for exercises in the area of Pechenga, a few kilometers away from the Russian-Norwegian border. The Norwegian press, particularly The Barents Observer, views these drills as Russia's reply to the Cold Response, the large-scale NATO exercise held in Norway.

The allied troops were forced to end the exercise early due to the coronavirus concerns, the outlet wrote.

According to the news piece, over 1,000 men and 220 vehicles were involved in the Russian drill; that number included Grad multiple rocket launchers, Gvozdika and Akatsiya howitzers and anti-tank missile launchers. The press office of Russia's Northern Fleet that supervised the course of the drills reported that.  

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"The training scenario includes support fire with heavy howitzers to a counter attack against enemy forces and subsequent “destruction of the enemy.” The artillery fired at targets up to 15 km away, the military representatives say (..) It is the 200rd motorized infantry brigade that constitutes the centerpiece in the training. The troops are based in Pechenga area and is part of Russia’s Arctic Brigade. Also the 80th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade in Alakurtti and the 61st Naval infantry brigade in Sputnik are part of the Arctic Brigade", reads the original article.

Related: Russia sends ten subs Into North Atlantic in drill unprecedented in size since Cold War

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