SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

A column of more than 100 pieces of military equipment, including trucks, armored personnel carriers, other military equipment are being observed in Simferopol now.

The column is moving in the direction of Feodosia and Kerch, according to eyewitnesses.

It was reported earlier that the troops of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as the Southern Military District have become fully operational on February 8. Russia has begun surprise drills of Southern Military District.

“In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander Vladimir Putin, the troops of the Southern Military District, the separate units of airborne troops and military transport aircraft have become fully operational since 5 a.m. today.  Since that time, we have launched a surprise combat readiness check of troops in the south western strategic direction,” said Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defense Minister and Army General.

The following order has been given to the Black Sea Fleet.

“Acting commander of the Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolev is personally instructed to supervise the checks for forces and troops of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla and organize the execution of practical tasks in the areas of naval exercises,” reads the order.

QHA