Russia joins China to launch its biggest military simulations in history

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, including Chinese soldiers, participate in Russia's largest military drill. In the photo, military vehicles during the exercises on Tuesday

Russia has partnered with China to launch its biggest military simulations, with 300,000 Russian troops participating along with Chinese soldiers in a massive show of force that has shaken the West.

The one-week war games dubbed & # 39; Vostok-2018 & # 39; (East-2018), & # 39; have begun & # 39; in the far east of Russia and in the Pacific Ocean, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

He released video footage of military vehicles, planes, helicopters and ships that were put in position for the initial stage of the simulations.

The exercises, which include the Chinese and Mongolian armies, have been condemned by NATO as an essay for "large-scale conflict".

The war games are underway in five ranges in eastern Russia, and in the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan, the Bering Sea and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, including Chinese soldiers, participate in Russia's largest military drill. In the photo, military vehicles during the exercises on Tuesday

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, including Chinese soldiers, participate in Russia's largest military drill. In the photo, military vehicles during the exercises on Tuesday

The one-week war games dubbed & # 39; Vostok-2018 & # 39; (East-2018) began in the far east of Russia. In the photo, a military plane enters position on Tuesday

The one-week war games dubbed & # 39; Vostok-2018 & # 39; (East-2018) began in the far east of Russia. In the photo, a military plane enters position on Tuesday

The one-week war games dubbed & # 39; Vostok-2018 & # 39; (East-2018) began in the far east of Russia. In the photo, a military plane enters position on Tuesday

President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018 after organizing an economic forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East, where his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, is one of the most important guests.

Putin told Xi that relations between Moscow and Beijing were based on trust in areas ranging from politics to security and defense.

He made the comments before the talks with his Chinese counterpart, which take place on the sidelines of an economic forum in the city of Vladivostok, in the far east of Russia.

The military exercises take place at a time of growing tension between Moscow and the West due to accusations of Russian interference in Western affairs and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

The Russian army has compared the demonstration of strength with the USSR war games of 1981 that saw between 100,000 and 150,000 Warsaw Pact soldiers participate in "Zapad-81". (West-81) – the largest military exercises of the Soviet era.

But Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said these exercises are even bigger, with 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 1,000 aircraft and 80 warships participating in the drills.

He said the games would be at an unprecedented scale both in territory and in the number of troops involved.

"Imagine 36,000 military vehicles moving at the same time: tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, and all of this, of course, in conditions as close as possible to a combat situation," said Shoigu.

The Ministry of Defense of Russia released video images of military vehicles, planes, helicopters and ships that were put in position for the initial stage of the simulations today

The Ministry of Defense of Russia released video images of military vehicles, planes, helicopters and ships that were put in position for the initial stage of the simulations today

The Ministry of Defense of Russia released video images of military vehicles, planes, helicopters and ships that were put in position for the initial stage of the simulations today

  Several frigates equipped with Kalibr missiles that have been used in Syria during the games are seen in Russian waters on Tuesday

  Several frigates equipped with Kalibr missiles that have been used in Syria during the games are seen in Russian waters on Tuesday

Several frigates equipped with Kalibr missiles that have been used in Syria during the games are seen in Russian waters on Tuesday

About 30 Chinese air force aircraft will also participate in the five-day drills.

The Chinese claimed that the big operation was not "directed against any third party" and would focus exclusively on "defenses, fire attacks and counterattack".

The latest in a series of mass simulations ordered by Putin comes at a time of growing tension between Moscow and the West over accusations of Russian interference in Western affairs and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

Vostok-2018 also has more than twice as many troops in all the British armed forces, which is just under 150,000.

The Russian army is deploying all its latest additions to the event: Iskander missiles that can carry nuclear warheads, T-80 and T-90 tanks and their recent Su-34 and Su-35 fighters.

At sea, the Russian fleet is deploying several frigates equipped with Kalibr missiles that have been used in Syria.

The Russian army is deploying all its latest additions to the massive military exercises, including the T-80 and T-90 tanks.

The Russian army is deploying all its latest additions to the massive military exercises, including the T-80 and T-90 tanks.

The Russian army is deploying all its latest additions to the massive military exercises, including the T-80 and T-90 tanks.

The recent Su-34 and Su-35 fighters of the Russian army are also in action for what he has called his greatest military exercise ever.

The recent Su-34 and Su-35 fighters of the Russian army are also in action for what he has called his greatest military exercise ever.

The recent Su-34 and Su-35 fighters of the Russian army are also in action for what he has called his greatest military exercise ever.

This week's war games are the largest in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union and involve hundreds of thousands of soldiers

This week's war games are the largest in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union and involve hundreds of thousands of soldiers

This week's war games are the largest in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union and involve hundreds of thousands of soldiers

Russian officials have said that 1,000 aircraft and 80 warships participate in the drills, as well as 36,000 military vehicles

Russian officials have said that 1,000 aircraft and 80 warships participate in the drills, as well as 36,000 military vehicles

Russian officials have said that 1,000 aircraft and 80 warships participate in the drills, as well as 36,000 military vehicles

The exercises occur when Putin told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that relations between Moscow and Beijing were based on trust in areas ranging from politics to security and defense.

The exercises occur when Putin told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that relations between Moscow and Beijing were based on trust in areas ranging from politics to security and defense.

The exercises occur when Putin told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that relations between Moscow and Beijing were based on trust in areas ranging from politics to security and defense.

The Russian army is deploying all its latest additions to the event, including Iskander missiles that can carry nuclear warheads

The Russian army is deploying all its latest additions to the event, including Iskander missiles that can carry nuclear warheads

The Russian army is deploying all its latest additions to the event, including Iskander missiles that can carry nuclear warheads

The military exercises take place at a time of growing tension between Moscow and the West due to accusations of Russian interference in Western affairs and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

The military exercises take place at a time of growing tension between Moscow and the West due to accusations of Russian interference in Western affairs and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

The military exercises take place at a time of growing tension between Moscow and the West due to accusations of Russian interference in Western affairs and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 1,000 aircraft and 80 warships are participating in the simulations.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 1,000 aircraft and 80 warships are participating in the simulations.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 1,000 aircraft and 80 warships are participating in the simulations.

Shoigu added that the games would be at an unprecedented scale both in terms of territory and the number of troops involved & # 39;

Shoigu added that the games would be at an unprecedented scale both in terms of territory and the number of troops involved & # 39;

Shoigu added that the games would be at an unprecedented scale both in terms of territory and the number of troops involved & # 39;

On Wednesday there will be games with anti-aircraft technology, while the main event will be on Thursday, the Ministry of Defense told journalists covering the event in eastern Siberia.

NATO said that Vostok-2018 "demonstrates Russia's approach to the exercise of the conflict on a large scale."

"It fits into a pattern we've seen for a while: a more assertive Russia, which significantly increases its defense budget and military presence," said alliance spokesman Dylan White in late August.

Last month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia's ability to defend itself in the current international situation, which is often aggressive and unfriendly to our country, is justified, essential and has no alternative.

Relations between Russia and the West declined sharply in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea by Moscow and the subsequent conflict in eastern Ukraine.

On Wednesday there will be games with antiaircraft technology, while the main event will be on Thursday, said the defense ministry.

On Wednesday there will be games with antiaircraft technology, while the main event will be on Thursday, said the defense ministry.

On Wednesday there will be games with antiaircraft technology, while the main event will be on Thursday, said the defense ministry.

The exercises, which include the Chinese and Mongolian armies, were condemned by NATO as an essay for "large-scale conflict."

The exercises, which include the Chinese and Mongolian armies, were condemned by NATO as an essay for "large-scale conflict."

The exercises, which include the Chinese and Mongolian armies, were condemned by NATO as an essay for "large-scale conflict."

  The rank of Vladimir Putin is impressive after a major modernization of the crunchy forces he inherited from the Soviet era

  The rank of Vladimir Putin is impressive after a major modernization of the crunchy forces he inherited from the Soviet era

The rank of Vladimir Putin is impressive after a major modernization of the crunchy forces he inherited from the Soviet era

Moscow has increased the number of large-scale military exercises in the Caucasus, the Baltic and the Arctic in recent years

Moscow has increased the number of large-scale military exercises in the Caucasus, the Baltic and the Arctic in recent years

Moscow has increased the number of large-scale military exercises in the Caucasus, the Baltic and the Arctic in recent years

The Kremlin also accused NATO of expanding to the west and threatening Russian national security.

Moscow has increased the number of its large-scale military exercises in the Caucasus, the Baltic and the Arctic in recent years.

Russia's previous military exercise in the region, Vostok-2014, was almost half the size, with 155,000 soldiers participating.

The country's war games in Eastern Europe last year, Zapad-2017, saw 12,700 soldiers participate according to Moscow. Ukraine and the Baltic countries said that the real number was much higher.

Russia has been preparing for recent exercises for weeks, at one point closing a road so that planes can land near Khabarovsk and firing missiles from land, surface and submarine to a target in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.

Russia's previous military exercise in the region, Vostok-2014, was almost half the size, with 155,000 soldiers participating

Russia's previous military exercise in the region, Vostok-2014, was almost half the size, with 155,000 soldiers participating

Russia's previous military exercise in the region, Vostok-2014, was almost half the size, with 155,000 soldiers participating

Russia has been preparing for the last exercises for weeks, at one point closing a road so that the planes could land near Khabarovsk.

Russia has been preparing for the last exercises for weeks, at one point closing a road so that the planes could land near Khabarovsk.

Russia has been preparing for the last exercises for weeks, at one point closing a road so that the planes could land near Khabarovsk.

The war games are underway in five ranges in eastern Russia, and in the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan, the Bering Sea and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk

The war games are underway in five ranges in eastern Russia, and in the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan, the Bering Sea and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk

The war games are underway in five ranges in eastern Russia, and in the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan, the Bering Sea and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk

Putin's reach is amazing after a major modernization of the crunching forces he inherited from the Soviet era.

Separately, it has a large convoy in the Arctic and about 25 warships in the Mediterranean, the largest deployment since the forces deployed in Syria three years ago.

Before the games, Russian forces unleashed a devastating display involving synchronized land launches, surface ships and submarine attack targets in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.

The exercise of real fire hit two targets adrift in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, on the Pacific coast of Russia, when Putin was on a trip to Siberia.

Four different types of cruise missiles were used in the attack: Vulkan, Granit, Malakhit and Onyx.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia's ability to defend itself in the current international situation, which is often aggressive and unfriendly to our country, is justified, essential and has no alternative.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia's ability to defend itself in the current international situation, which is often aggressive and unfriendly to our country, is justified, essential and has no alternative.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia's ability to defend itself in the current international situation, which is often aggressive and unfriendly to our country, is justified, essential and has no alternative.

President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018 after hosting an economic forum in the Russian eastern city of Vladivostok.

President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018 after hosting an economic forum in the Russian eastern city of Vladivostok.

President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018 after hosting an economic forum in the Russian eastern city of Vladivostok.

They were fired from the Varyag missile cruiser, flagship of the Pacific fleet, as well as the Razliv and Moroz missile corvettes, and the Tomsk nuclear submarine.

They were supported by the Bastion missile system fired from the ground.

The distance of the targets was between 155 and 310 miles.

"The seven cruise missiles successfully met the targets," said a statement from Russia's eastern military district.

Previous vehicles stopped on the Khabarovsk to Komsomolsk-on-Amur highway to allow pilots Su-30SM, Su-35S and MiG-31 to test their landing and takeoff skills on the narrow road, according to local reports.

Military helicopters Mi-26 also rushed to land on the highway, and an An-26 was seen landing on the two-lane highway.

The arrested motorists filmed the incredible scenes while they had a view from the rostrum for the military exercise near the Chinese border in the Russian Far East.

Vladimir Putin (right) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) during his meeting at the Eastern Economic Forum on Tuesday

Vladimir Putin (right) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) during his meeting at the Eastern Economic Forum on Tuesday

Vladimir Putin (right) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) during his meeting at the Eastern Economic Forum on Tuesday

Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018 after organizing an economic forum where his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (left) is one of the featured guests.

Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018 after organizing an economic forum where his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (left) is one of the featured guests.

Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018 after organizing an economic forum where his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (left) is one of the featured guests.

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