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Today, Putin will take part in the Vostok-2022 military exercises.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today visited the Vostok-2022 military maneuvers involving several allied countries, including China, in the Russian Far East, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to news agencies.

Vladimir Putin arrived at the Sergeyevsky military training camp, one of the sites where the exercises will take place, Peskov said.

The maneuvers are to run until Wednesday and take place at a time when Moscow has been leading a massive offensive against Ukraine since February.

A “closed-door meeting” with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov “is underway,” the Kremlin spokesman said, adding that Putin “is expected to observe the final phase of the exercises” after this meeting.

The Vostok-2022 exercises began last Thursday with combat maneuvers, movements of anti-aircraft units, and mine clearance simulations in the Sea of Japan, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry.

According to Moscow, more than 50,000 soldiers and over 5,000 pieces of weapons and military equipment, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships and support vessels, are to be mobilised during these exercises.

Soldiers from several countries bordering or allied with Russia, such as Belarus, Syria, India, and China, are participating.

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