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Russian snipers practice for frosty fights in minus 35 levels amid wider plans to extend Arctic warfare capabilities

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Setting their sights on a battle on the very finish of the world, Russia’s marksmen have staged a sequence of coaching workouts in freezing temperatures, hitting targets at lengthy vary and concealing themselves in snow drifts.

The press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense introduced on Monday that the grueling drills had been carried out by military snipers primarily based within the Far East area of Transbaikal, almost 5,000km east of Moscow. As a part of the wargames, snipers practiced capturing mocked-up enemies at ranges of as much as 1,000 meters in temperatures of -35 levels Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit) all through the day and evening.The workouts come amongst a sequence of measures aimed toward strengthening Russia’s means to combat a battle within the frozen Arctic. In December, a specialist analysis facility was reopened near Moscow to check the power of weapons to resist harsh climate situations and temperatures as little as -60 levels Celsius (-76 Fahrenheit).

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With Arctic sea ice receding yr on yr, new channels have opened up for delivery, making the area a priceless conduit for commerce. Russia has set a goal for no less than 80 million tons of products to circulate by the freezing waters by 2024.At the identical time, the US has indicated that it might start ‘freedom of navigation’ patrols to problem Moscow’s dominance within the Arctic circle. Earlier this month, US Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite hinted that “you will see the Navy operating again in a more permanent manner above the Arctic Circle.” He added that Washington will “operate more assertively” to counter the rising Russian presence within the area.Think your pals would have an interest? Share this story!

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