In the unrecognized Republic of Transnistria, the Operational Group of Russian Forces jointly with the anti-terror units conducted military drills "to repel an attack and neutralize the terrorists," reported the press service of the Western Military District.

- To create diversion the first group of assumed terrorists fired a checkpoint of a military unit, while the second group attempted to enter the territory of the military town with the aim to capture the communication node and bring out of commission all existing communication lines, according to the Department.

February 8, the Russian Defense Ministry initiated sudden exercises to check readiness of the Southern Military District. Russia-occupied territory of Crimea also took part in the drills.

In addition, February 9, a convoy of more than 100 pieces of military equipment, including trucks, armored carriers and other military equipment was spotted in the city of Simferopol.