The military exercise “Sapad” is taking place in Russia with allegedly 200,000 soldiers and hundreds of tanks: Like every four years, Moscow and Minsk organize a series of joint military maneuvers, but this year the exercise is even bigger than usual.
Silke Bigalke, Mulino
A grandstand in no man’s land, where journalists and military attachés from various countries have gathered. In front of them lies a huge expanse of wasteland, further than you can see. Everyone is waiting for the president and for the show to start. A fire-fighting aircraft watered the battlefield again, 400 kilometers west of Moscow, otherwise it would be too dusty if everything exploded. Good visibility is important on this day.