Russia’s military drill with China, India: All you need to know | Military News


The Vostok 2022 exercises will be launched with the participation of troops from China, India, Syria and several other countries.

Russia has launched week-long war games involving troops from China and other countries in a show of growing defense cooperation between Moscow and Beijing.

The exercises in Vostok 2022 (East 2022) that began on Thursday came amid Russia’s all-out war in Ukraine that began on February 24 and as both Russia and China face tensions with the United States.

Here are some details about the exercise:

Where and when

The Vostok 22 exercises will be held from Thursday to September 7 at seven firing ranges in Eastern Siberia, Russia’s Far East and the Sea of ​​Japan, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Who is involved?

The exercise involves more than 50,000 troops and 5,000 weapons units, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships.

The Russian Chief of General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, will personally oversee the exercises that will involve troops from several ex-Soviet countries, China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Syria.

A Chinese armed convoy as they arrive for Vostok 2022 at the Sergeyevsky training ground in Primorskiy Kray in Russia’s Far East [File: Russian defence ministry handout via AFP]

What is the goal?

As part of the maneuvers, Russian and Chinese navies in the Sea of ​​Japan “will act jointly to protect maritime communications, areas of marine economic activity and support for ground forces in coastal areas,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The exercises show the growing defense relations between Moscow and Beijing, which have grown stronger since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his troops to Ukraine on February 24.

China’s participation in the exercises “aimed at deepening pragmatic and friendly cooperation between the armies of the participating countries, improving the level of strategic cooperation between all participating parties and increasing the ability to jointly respond to various security threats” , spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense Colonel Tan Kefei said last week.

Previous joint exercises

The Vostok exercises are the second joint military exercise conducted by Chinese and Russian forces this year.

Bombers from the two countries conducted a 13-hour drill exercise near Japan and South Korea in May, forcing those countries to scramble fighter jets while US President Joe Biden visited Tokyo.

Last year, Russia and China held joint military exercises in north central China, involving more than 10,000 troops.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu praised the exercises in Ningxia, China, and suggested they could be further developed.

This screenshot, obtained from a handout video released by the Russian Defense Ministry on August 29, 2022, shows a Chinese armed convoy as they arrive for the 'Vostok-2022' military exercises at the Sergeevsky training ground in Primorskiy (Maritime) Kray or the Russian Far East.  - Soldiers from different countries have arrived in eastern Russia for joint military exercises in which China will participate, Russia's defense ministry said on Monday, amid tensions between Moscow and western capitals
A Chinese armed convoy arriving for Vostok 2022 at the Sergeevsky training ground in Primorskiy Kray in Russia’s Far East [File: Russian defence ministry handout via AFP]

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