Russia conducts exercises of the Marine Corps of the Black Sea Fleet in the occupied Crimea, according to the message posted on the website of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation 

“A tactical exercise on the ground began in accordance with the combat training plan including the units of a separate brigade of the Marine Corps of the Black Sea Fleet. Reportedly, the military personnel started from the permanent deployment to the Opuk (Crimea) test site right after the alarm. This area was designated as a place for the deployment of the forces,” reads the message.

According to the information provided, military servicemen practice the column defense tactics against the air strikes, as well as the neutralization of subversion and reconnaissance groups of the conventional enemy.

Reference: Joint military exercises of Belarus and Russia “West-2017” of September 14-20 took place in Belarus. According to the Russian Federation, up to 13,000 servicemen took part in them, but the data of independent observers show that more than 200,000 military men were involved in the exercises.

Earlier, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin demonstrated readiness for an offensive war during the Russian-Belarusian exercises "West-2017"