VIDEO: Russian troops storm beach amid major war games near Baltic borders

  • 2014-09-09
  • From wire reports, RIGA

Russian troops storm a beach as part of war games in Kaliningrad (photo: YouTube)

More than 700 Russian troops took part in the final stage of large-scale drills on the Khmelevka range in Kaliningrad on Monday.

A group of Baltic Fleet marines descended on the shore on board 20 BTR 82-A armoured personnel carriers and several Ka-27PC helicopters.

The troops simulated destroying and capturing vital objects representing the coastal defence infrastructure of potential enemies, preparing the ground for a major troop landing, Russia's RT reports.

All 10 Baltic fleet vessels were engaged in the drills, including the corvette Soobrazitelny, large landing ship Alexander Shabalin, and the Eugene Kocheshkov air-cushioned landing craft. Mi-24 attack helicopters were also operated during drills, alongside around 70 military vehicles.

NATO troops have also been busy carrying their own war games in the Baltics. U.S, Latvian and other troops took part in military drills in Latvia.

The drills come after NATO said it would boost its presence in eastern Europe amid what the Baltics see as a threat from Russia.