The military Olympics tradition, which was started by Russia’s Ministry of Defence, is recent, only being on its fourth annual event. Armies compete in fields such as a tank biathlon, military medicine, falcon hunting, and aerial maneuvering.
“Each year we see more teams participating in the Games as well as the contests become more complicated. However, the only thing that remains unchanged – the spirit of courage, generosity, comradeship that prevails on the mock battlefields,” Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the opening ceremony.
“I am positive that this competition…shall contribute to development of international military and technical cooperation and promotion of military service,” Putin said in an address.
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