Zapad 2021: Russia showcases military might with massive series of drills alongside Belarus forces The military exercise, called Zapad, happens every four years and entails huge numbers of troops rehearsing a scenario where a supposedly imaginary western coalition (aka NATO) is working to unseat power in Belarus. Putin oversees vast war games ahead of parliamentary electionRussian President Vladimir Putin oversaw vast joint military exercises with Belarus on Monday ahead of his country's parliamentary elections later this week, as NATO member Poland voiced concern over the drills. Russia holds war games with Belarus as Ukrainian leader warns of all-out warRussia and former Soviet ally Belarus have launched the “hot phase” of a 3-month-long military exercise involving 200,000 troops – as Ukraine’s president said that all-out war with the northern nei… Russia uses new hardware at big military drillsRussia used new combat robots and tactical vehicles on the second day of the active main phase of large military drills with its ex-Soviet ally Belarus, the defence ministry said on Saturday. Russia and Belarus begin active phase of huge war gamesRussia and ex-Soviet ally Belarus on Friday launched the active phase of vast military exercises involving 200,000 personnel that have alarmed Ukraine and some NATO nations. Russia and Belarus agree closer energy, economic integrationThe leaders of Russia and Belarus on Thursday agreed to set up a unified oil and gas market and to deepen economic integration in the face of what they regard as unjustified Western sanctions on both their economies. Russia begins major military drills with Belarus after moves toward closer integrationRussia’s Putin plans to unify Russia’s military space with Belarus, but offered no details on what it means. Russia, Belarus Agree to Deepen Economic Integration - The Moscow TimesPutin and Lukashenko announced a deal at integration talks in Moscow.