any others,” – said the Defense Minister. Around 9,000 servicemen started military exercises in southern Russia, including Crimea

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About nine thousand artillerists and more than three thousand units of missile and artillery weapons, military and special equipment will participate in the exercises at the Southern Military District grounds within the boundaries of the Southern, Crimean and North Caucasus Federal Districts, as well as in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Armenia, the Southern Military District press service reports on Monday.

“During the month, the missile and artillery troops will improve their professional skills, conduct combat coordination of platoons, battalions and batteries, learn new forms and ways of performing fire missions supporting mechanized infantry and tank units in the complex environment of a modern combined arms combat. Particular attention will be paid to trainings in the areas of artillery fire control,” – said the report.

According to the ministry, the final phase will include trainings in artillery fire control with the use of the multiple launch missile systems “Grad-M”, “Uragan”, “Smerch” and others.

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Commander of Southern Military District to check military units in Crimea

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The commander of the Southern Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Galkin went to the Crimea to check military formations and units, located on the peninsula, the press service of the Southern Military District reported on Thursday.

“SMD staff officers will check issues of life of military units, organization of combat duty, assess the level of combat training of units, the state of armaments and military equipment, morale of staff, compliance with law and order and military discipline,” – a statement said.

Russia’s Defense Ministry completes water pipeline system construction in Crimea

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The Russian army’s logistics units have completed laying a system of trunk pipelines designed to provide the Crimean peninsula with fresh water, Deputy Defense Minister, Army General Dmitry Bulgakov said on Tuesday.

“Overall, pipeline-laying units of the Western and Eastern Military Districts have assembled 48 lines of the pipeline with the total length of 412.4 km [256 miles],” the deputy defense minister said.

Military engineers to extend Crimean pipelines for 400 km

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Engineers of defense ministry will develop pipelines in Crimea, increasing them to 412 km. This project will allow to provide the peninsula with fresh water.

The vice minister informs that these pipelines are developed to provide water to two main directions in Crimea.

The first lines go to Kerch, Feodosiya and Sudak.

More than 500 soldiers and 200 units of military and special equipment participate in the project.

Ukraine provided for 85% of Crimean needs in fresh water from Dnieper. After Crimean return to Russian sovereignty the water supply was completely stopped.

Crimea to spend 22.5 billion rubles for development of six touristic clusters within five years

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22.5 billion rubles will be spent on the development of 6 touristic and recreation clusters in the Crimea from 2015 to 2020 under the federal target program for the development of the Crimea and Sevastopol.

“In total, there are 15 tourist zones in the Crimea. But we’ve chosen the territories that over the past 20 years did not see any private or public investments. Some of them are not developed at all, but have a unique tourist potential,” – said Minister of Tourism of Crimea Elena Yurchenko.

Construction of new accommodation, food and entertainment facilities in these clusters will be financed by investors, supporting infrastructure (access roads, water treatment plants, communications) will be provided at the expense of the federal budget.