Russian paratroopers stage major drills in the country's central Ryazan region. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russian paratroopers held drills in the country's central Ryazan region. Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School is one of Russia's major military educational institutions. The airborne troops along with weaponry and military hardware were parachuted in the area controlled by an imaginary enemy according to the drills scenario with a task to disrupt the enemy's communication and command systems, Russian defence ministry said. The paratroopers also had to overtake an airfield with artillery support. Russia has carried out several unannounced military drills since relations with the West deteriorated over the Ukraine crisis, with Moscow criticizing what it says is a build-up of NATO forces near Russia's borders. In January, Russia said it would form four new military divisions this year to strengthen its western and central regions in response to what it sees as increased NATO presence in Europe. In February, NATO agreed its boldest steps yet to deter Russia from any attack in the Baltics or eastern Europe, setting out ways to rapidly deploy air, naval and ground forces without resorting to Cold War-era military bases.