Air assault battalion to be formed in Crimea by December

A separate air assault battalion of the 7th Guards air assault (mountain) division will be formed in Crimea by December 1, 2017, the head of the State Duma Defense Committee Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov said.

"By decision of the Russian Defense Ministry’s board, a separate air assault battalion will be formed in the Republic of Crimea by December 1 this year as part of the 7th Guards air assault (mountain) division. The battalion will be stationed near the city of Feodosiya in the eastern part of the peninsula," TASS cited Shamanov as saying.

He added that measures to form the battalion have been launched and it will be manned with contract servicemen.

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