Zimbabwe Among 28 Countries Where Russia Unleashes High Tech Tanks as Putin Shows Off In War Games With China

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RUSSIA’S annual display of military muscle has gone off with a bang as it hosts at the International Army Games in Siberia.

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Russia is hosting the third annual International Army Games

More than 4,000 soldiers and personnel from 28 countries are taking part in the event, including China, Iran, Egypt and Zimbabwe.

Taking place in the city of Tyumen, the games feature a range of army disciplines, including the Tank Biathlon, largely regarded as the main event.

It involves tank crews driving an armoured vehicle across a 5k obstacle course while shooting at targets.

With less than a week to go before the games close on August 12, the hosts are currently topping the league table, leading in 11 of the 22 disciplines on offer.

China, leading in seven disciplines, is in second place and Kazakstan is in third.

Other disicplines include air manouvres, offroad truck racing and even a cooking competition for army chefs.

Typically for a country led by a man regularly photographed hunting with his shirt off, Russian media described the games as a contest for “real men”.

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Tanks in action at the International Army Games

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Soldiers in a race against the clock

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THere are 28 countries taking part in the annual military display

Nato members, however, seem less then impressed.

Since being launched by the Russian Defence Ministry three years ago, no country signed up to Nato has taken part in the war games.

Although Moscow says the invitation is open to anyone to compete, a Nato spokesman told Newsweek: “Military games are no substitute for proper transparency and confidence-building measures – such as OSCE observation of military exercises, which Russia routinely avoids.”

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Russia is currently leading the rankings with 11 victories

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None of the countries taking part are NATO members

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Russia has described the event as a contest for “real men”

It comes after Putin displayed Russia’s military might in a major display of its naval capabilities.

Earlier this month thousands of highly trained Russian seaman clutched assault rifles as gigantic submarines emerged from the water in a show of force ordered by the Russian President.

Fighter jets soared above the heads of thousands who filled the streets of Saint Petersburg to celebrate Navy Day as Mr Putin oversaw the fleet in Sevastopol.-Express

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