Moscow, June 22 :
President Vladimir Putin has ordered the troops in Russia’s Central Military District on full combat readiness for a snap check, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Saturday.
“In line with this order, as of 11.00 a.m. today the troops of the Central Military District and also military units deployed on its territory are put on full combat readiness,” Xinhua quoted Shoigu as telling during a meeting.
he check, which will run through June 28, could involve over 65,000 servicemen, he said.
In particular, Shoigu ordered the Airborne Forces commander “to airlift the 98th Airborne Assault Division using military transport aircraft for 1,500 km from its permanent base in Ivanovo to the Chelyabinsk region, with an airborne drop at the Cherbarkul range”, a media report said.
The unnoticed check of armed forces, which Putin has done several times since 2013, came a day after the Russian troops started snap drills near Chelyabinsk in the southern
Russia issues arrest warrant for two Ukraine officials
Russian Investigative Committee announced Saturday that it has issued an international arrest warrant for two Ukrainian officials.
The officials are accused of having used heavy weapons in military operations in eastern Ukraine, causing deaths and injuries of many civilians and plenty of refugees. They were identified as Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Dnepropetrovsk region Governor Igor Kolomoisky, Xinhua reported.
They were also charged with accelerating cases of murders and kidnappings, as well as the deteriorating security situation of journalists working in Ukraine.
A resolution has been passed to put the two officials on an international wanted list via Interpol, which will be effective on the territories of all Interpol member states, according to Vladimir Markin, the spokesperson of the Russian Investigative Committee.