Russia Says It Carried Out Over 300 Combat Exercises in Pacific

Russia said it has completed its week-long naval drill maneuvers in the Pacific Ocean and performed more than 300 combat exercises, with over half of them focused on the practical use of its weapons.

Images obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) show Russian warships, fighter planes, helicopters and other military vehicles participating in the huge exercises.

Russian warships can be seen firing at imagined enemies with their long guns, and planes can be seen dropping mock bombs at designated locations.

A missile hatch opens aboard one of the Russian warships as the footage ends.

Russia war exercises in Pacific
Russian warships can be seen firing at imagined enemies with their long guns, and planes can be seen dropping mock bombs at designated locations. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

The Russian MoD said in a statement: "In the Pacific Ocean, the exercise of the group of forces of the Pacific Fleet in the far sea zone was completed.

"During the practical operations in the Pacific Ocean, the group of the Pacific Fleet performed more than 300 combat exercises, 170 of which were with the practical use of weapons.

"More than 40 warships and fleet support vessels, as well as about 20 aircraft, were involved in the exercise."

The Russian MoD said on Tuesday: "The final days of the winter training period for the Pacific sailors were filled to the limit with hard and responsible combat work, which did not stop for a day. The situation demands from the defenders of the Fatherland the highest skill, cohesion of actions and responsibility in the performance of combat training tasks."

It added: "According to the results of the exercise, the actions of the ship's strike group were recognized by the OKVS command as successful, all targets were hit during the firing."

Zenger News contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia war exercises in Pacific
Russia's Pacific Fleet wrapped up its exercises in the far sea zone of the Pacific Ocean this week. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a "special military operation." June 10 marks the 107th day of the campaign.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 10, Russia had lost 31,900 personnel, 1,409 tanks, 3,450 armored fighting vehicles, 712 artillery pieces, 222 multiple launch rocket systems, 97 anti-aircraft systems, 212 warplanes, 178 helicopters, 2,438 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 warships, 572 tactical drones, 54 pieces of special equipment and 125 cruise missiles.

More than 1,000 Ukrainian troops captured in Mariupol have been transferred to Russia, according to Russian media. Ukrainian officials estimate that at least 21,000 civilians have been killed in the city.

An aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is losing up to 200 troops a day.

Meanwhile, two British men, Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, have been sentenced to death by a court in Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine after being captured while fighting with the Ukrainian army in Mariupol against Russian troops.

And Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the West will not be able to wean itself off from Russian oil and gas for years. US officials have now also admitted that Russian profits on energy might even be higher than they were before the war started.

Also, Zelensky has requested that a safe corridor be set up so that the country may export grain currently stuck in Ukrainian ports.

The European Parliament also adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. In the balloting, 438 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.