Ukraine rehearses to repel tank attacks near Russia’s annexation Crimea

Kiev-Ukrainian troops rehearsed on Wednesday to repel tank and infantry attacks near the Russian border of Crimea, Ukrainian troops said in a statement.

The training took place the day after US President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir to discuss strengthening Russian troops in eastern Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula.

Russia seized the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and fighting has increased in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks. According to Kiev, government troops fought Russian-backed separatists in a seven-year conflict, killing 14,000 people.

Ukrainian troops said they had practiced deploying tanks and artillery during Wednesday’s training to repel tanks and infantry units trying to break through the defense.

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Ukrainian tanks are seen during training in an unknown location near the border of the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia, on April 14, 2021. (Distribution via Reuters / General staff of Ukrainian news media)

It posted a video footage set for rock music. Ukrainian tanks were piloted in a platoon, and soldiers loaded and fired cannons.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said on Tuesday that Moscow’s military buildup near Ukraine was part of a large-scale snap drill aimed at testing combat readiness and responding to NATO’s threatening military action. Said that.

Shoygu said the three-week exercise he called successful was scheduled to end in the next two weeks.

Shoygu said NATO has deployed 40,000 troops and 15,000 military equipment near the Russian border, mainly in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea regions.

The Western Union has denied such a plan.

Matthias Williams, Natalia Zinets, Pavel Polityuk