Russia’s Defense Ministry to set up new air assault group in Trans-Baikal region

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Russia’s Defense Ministry has started forming a new large air group, which will be based in East Siberia, Eastern Military District spokesman Alexander Gordeyev said on Tuesday.

The air assault regiment will be based at the aerodrome Step in the Trans-Baikal Territory, the spokesman said.

The air regiment with its Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name: Frogfoot) attack aircraft will fly from the Step airfield near Chita whose modernization will take no more than a year, the spokesman said, adding the aerodrome would be a unique logistics center.

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