The drills are part of a surprise check of the combat readiness in Russia’s southern region, reports the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry.

“As of now, the Tsezar Kunikov and Novocherkassk landing crafts are at sea and getting ready to deploy marines and heavy armor in coastal areas,” the press service reports.

It was reported earlier that a surprise check of combat readiness of troops in Russia’s souther region started on February 8.