Russia: Putin praises Russian troop's 'professional manner' after Crimea drills

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised troops from Russian Armed Forces' Southern Military District for their "professional manner" and "readiness to ensure Russia's security," during a meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Novo-Ogaryovo, Thursday. During the meeting Putin and Shoigu held a video conference with several high-ranking Russian military officials to discuss the success of combat drills carried out in Crimea this week.
"I would like to begin by stressing that the personnel are really proving themselves, acting in a professional manner and confirming their readiness to ensure Russia's security in the south-western strategic direction, including the Crimean Peninsula," Putin said.
During the meeting, the chief of the General Staff, General Valeri Gerasimov, delivered the results of combat readiness checks which started in Crimea's Opuk military range on Monday.
According to Putin, the results of such military checks make it possible to "consistently raise the combat readiness of the army and navy and those forces' concerted action".
Reportedly up to 8,500 troops, 900 units of military equipment, 200 airplanes and helicopters, and 50 ships took part in the exercises.