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A general view shows the Mulino training ground during the active phase of the military exercises \
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A general view shows the Mulino training ground during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, September 11, 2021. The drills also involve military personnel from Armenia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. Vadim Savitskiy/Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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A view from a transport military plane shows Russian airborne combat vehicles descending beneath parachutes during the exercises \
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A view from a transport military plane shows Russian airborne combat vehicles descending beneath parachutes during the exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Kaliningrad Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

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Russian paratroopers board an Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane as they take part in the military exercises \
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Russian paratroopers board an Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane as they take part in the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at an aerodrome in Kaliningrad Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

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A self-propelled howitzer fires during the active phase of the military exercises \
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A self-propelled howitzer fires during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Mulino training ground in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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Russian paratroopers sit inside an Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane before their departure during the military exercises \
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Russian paratroopers sit inside an Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane before their departure during the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at an aerodrome in Kaliningrad Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov observe the military exercises \
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov observe the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Mulino training ground in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. Sputnik/Alexey Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

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Russian paratroopers wait before boarding Ilyushin Il-76 transport planes as they take part in the military exercises \
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Russian paratroopers wait before boarding Ilyushin Il-76 transport planes as they take part in the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at an aerodrome in Kaliningrad Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

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Combat helicopters fire during the military exercise \
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Combat helicopters fire during the military exercise "Zapad-2021" staged by the the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground, Belarus September 12, 2021.  Maxim Guchek/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS

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A view shows the Khmelyovka firing ground during drills to train amphibious assault, part of the active phase of the military exercises \
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A view shows the Khmelyovka firing ground during drills to train amphibious assault, part of the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Kaliningrad Region, Russia, September 11, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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A general view shows the Mulino training ground during the active phase of the military exercises \
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A general view shows the Mulino training ground during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, September 11, 2021. Vadim Savitskiy/Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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Russian paratroopers wait before boarding Ilyushin Il-76 transport planes as they take part in the military exercises \
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Russian paratroopers wait before boarding Ilyushin Il-76 transport planes as they take part in the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at an aerodrome in Kaliningrad Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

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Military helicopters fly in formation above the Mulino training ground during the active phase of the military exercises \
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Military helicopters fly in formation above the Mulino training ground during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, September 11, 2021. Vadim Savitskiy/Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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Dummies of farm animals are placed near a tank at the Pravdinsky training ground during the active phase of the military exercises \
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Dummies of farm animals are placed near a tank at the Pravdinsky training ground during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Kaliningrad Region, Russia, September 11, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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Russian service members jump with parachutes from a plane during the active phase of the military exercises \
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Russian service members jump with parachutes from a plane during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at an unknown location, Russia, September 13, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visit the Mulino training ground to observe the military exercises \
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visit the Mulino training ground to observe the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. Sputnik/Sergei Savostyanov/Pool via REUTERS

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Russian military elicopters transport cannons during the active phase of the exercises \
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Russian military elicopters transport cannons during the active phase of the exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Mulino training ground in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, September 11, 2021. Vadim Savitskiy/Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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A Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombe takes off from Shaykovka Air Base during the active phase of the military exercises \
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A Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombe takes off from Shaykovka Air Base during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Kaluga Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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Russian service members of the army corps of the Russian Navy\u0027s Baltic Fleet sit inside an Iskander-M missile launcher during the active phase of the military exercises \
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Russian service members of the army corps of the Russian Navy's Baltic Fleet sit inside an Iskander-M missile launcher during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Kaliningrad Region, Russia, September 13, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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An explosion is seen during the military exercise \
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An explosion is seen during the military exercise "Zapad-2021" staged by the the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground, Belarus September 12, 2021.  Maxim Guchek/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS

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Service members transport armored vehicles on a pontoon bridge across the Oka River during the active phase of the military exercises \
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Service members transport armored vehicles on a pontoon bridge across the Oka River during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Murom, Russia, September 8, 2021. Vadim Savitskiy/Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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Multiple rocket launcher systems fire during the military exercise \
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Multiple rocket launcher systems fire during the military exercise "Zapad-2021" staged by the the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground, Belarus September 12, 2021.  Maxim Guchek/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS

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Russian motorized infantry members take part in the active phase of the military exercises \
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Russian motorized infantry members take part in the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at a training ground in Brest Region, Belarus September 11, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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A tank fires during the active phase of the military exercises \
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A tank fires during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Mulino training ground in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, September 10, 2021. Vadim Savitskiy/Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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Service members transport trucks on a pontoon bridge across the Oka River during the active phase of the military exercises \
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Service members transport trucks on a pontoon bridge across the Oka River during the active phase of the military exercises "Zapad-2021" staged by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in Murom, Russia, September 8, 2021. Vadim Savitskiy/Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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