In the southern military district, the army crossed the passes of the Caucasus in the framework of a sudden inspection

Servicemen of the southern military district (SMD) within the announced on the eve of the sudden check of combat readiness of the Russian Armed forces marched on horseback through the mountain passes of the Caucasus, said the head of the press service of the southern military district Vadim Astafyev.

"The personnel of the motorized infantry connection of the southern military district, stationed in Karachay-Cherkess Republic, in the framework of a sudden check the combat readiness of the district is raised to drill. Servicemen of battalion tactical groups performed a range of activities, including access to the area of formation of columns and make the March through the mountain passes using Mongolian horses and Karachai breed," said Astafiev.

Only in the episode of the exercise involved around 1,200 servicemen of the motorized rifle compounds, involved more than 200 units of weapons and military equipment.

Earlier, the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu said that during a sudden inspection of the troops of the southern and Western military districts involved more than 149 thousand people, more than 26.8 thousand units, 414 of aircraft, 106 ships and support vessels. According to him, the audit envisages with the troops of the 56 exercises tactical level. Involved 35 sites and training fields, 17 sea of landfills in water areas of the Black and Caspian seas.

Sudden checks are the main form of verification activities and combat training of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation.