Russian tanks stationed in Tajikistan have moved to the Kharb-Maydon training ground near the Afghan border as part of joint military drills, the Central Military District reported on Tuesday.
“As part of the upcoming joint tactical exercise, Russian tank crews from the 201st military base stationed in Tajikistan made a 200-kilometer [124-mile] march from the Lyaur training ground to the Kharb-Maydon training ground bordering Afghanistan,” the statement read.
During the march, the T-72 tank crews worked out combat protection for convoys of military vehicles, moving across conditionally contaminated sites in the area, and repelling attacks by an enemy’s sabotage and reconnaissance groups.
Russia, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan will hold joint military drills from August 5-10 at the Kharb-Maydon training ground in the Tajik region of Khatlon bordering Afghanistan.
The Russian contingent during the exercises will include tanks, artillery, and special purpose squads of the 201st military base.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan has witnessed a spike in violence as the Taliban stepped up military activities after international troops began withdrawing from the country, as part of the US-Taliban agreement signed in Doha in February 2020.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said that the Taliban have no desire to establish peace in the country.
On Sunday, the Afghan government and the Taliban concluded two-day talks in the Qatari capital of Doha. They failed to agree on a short-term ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
We sent the delegation [to Doha] for talks and to show that we have the will for peace and we are ready for sacrifice for it, but they [Taliban] have no will for peace and we should make decisions based on this,” Ghani said, as quoted by TOLONews.
The Afghan army and security forces have sacrificed a lot during the last 20 years to defend the country, the leader added. According to Ghani, he has been working on an “urgent and practical” security plan to resolve the current issues, and people’s firm stance in the next three-six months will change the situation.