Residents of the village left their houses to witness Russian troops rolling down the streets and firing without explanation.
While the government has had lofty goals for the size of its armed forces, independent analysis shows the big figures disguise the reality.
The Kremlin is not budging from its Soviet-era love of tanks.
Moscow's envoy to NATO accused the allies of returning to Cold War footing.
Putin praised servicemen, saying they "can be relied upon to protect Russia"
The Russian armed forces are seeking new military partners to combat isolation.