Vladimir Putin Congratulates Russian Airborne Troops
Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the Airborne Force personnel and veteran paratroopers on the Airborne Force Day, the Kremlin press service said.
"Today, we pay homage to the courageous and strong spirited people who chose the hard and demanding but honorable service in the Airborne Force. They value their brothers in arms more than anything and are always ready to stand up for the defense of our Homeland. And of course, I would like to offer my most sincere gratitude to veteran paratroopers, who courageously wrote the history of the legendary Airborne Force," Putin said.
The Russian leader stressed that soldiers and military officers continued to serve their country with dignity and honor, "they keep the military traditions of their predecessors and handle all the tasks set before them, showing excellent training skills, unity and devotion to duty".
August 2 marks the 90th anniversary of the Russian Airborne Force as on this day, 1930, a Russian paratrooper unit consisting of 12 people conducted the first parachute jumps during military exercises which took place near the city of Voronezh.
According to Russia's Defense Ministry, the main goal of the Russian Airborne Force is participating in containment activities in strategic areas and fulfilling tasks in cooperation with other military branches aimed at resolving crisis situations in the period of threat and in the time of war. In the time of peace, the Russian Airborne Force continues to perform strategic deterrence tasks and may also take part in peacekeeping operations.