AP Photos: Russia, China, others take part in military games

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AP Photos: Russia, China, others take part in military games
AP Photos: Russia, China, others take part in military games

NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia (AP) – Troops from Russia, China and 26 other nations are competing in tank driving, target practice, parachute jumps and other army exercises.

The military games that opened Saturday are being held at more than 20 military shooting ranges in Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Belarus. The competition will run through Aug. 12.

Scout teams from Russia, China, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe competed at a shooting range in Novosibirsk, 2,900 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow. The contest includes soldiers driving military vehicles in extreme conditions and showing their skills in penetrating enemy lines.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the scout competition was included for the first time in the games, which have been held for several years. It noted that the inclusion of “one of the most closed” elements of the military in the games reflected a new level of trust between the participants.

A Chinese observer watches Kazakh soldiers competing in a team’s run at the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
An Armenian soldier runs over barbed wire during team’s run at the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
An Armenian soldier grimaces during his team’s run during the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A Russian soldier runs looking for a booby trap during a team’s run at the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A Russian soldier climbs over a wall during a team’s run at the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A Kazakh soldier competes during a team’s run at the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A Russian soldier prepares for a team’s run at the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Armenian soldiers load ammunition preparing for a team’s run during the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
An Armenian soldier wears a gas mask during a team’s run at the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
An unidentified Russian soldier catches his breath after a team’s run at the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A radio, working as a finish line, is seen on a table as Russian soldiers climbs are about to finish their during a team’s run at the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A Kazakh soldier smiles preparing for a team run during the Army Scout Masters competition, part of Army Games, outside Novosibirsk, 2900 km (some 1800 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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