22 March

Russian Defence Ministry completes creation of an aviation grouping to deliver assistance to the Italian Republic to fight against coronavirus

According to the decree of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Aerospace Forces completed creation of the aviation grouping to deliver the forces and equipment of the Ministry of Defence of Russian Federation allocated to assist the Italian Republic in the fight against coronavirus.

At the Chkalovsky airfield in the Moscow region, 9 Il-76 aircraft of the Russian military transport aviation are concentrated, which over the past night, along with trained crews, were quickly transferred from the Pskov, Ulyanovsk and Orenburg regions.

Eight medical and nursing teams, equipped with the necessary medical equipment are ready to be transferred to the Italian Republic.

The group of about 100 people included the leading specialists of the Russian Ministry of Defence in the sphere of virology and epidemiology, who have significant international experience in combating epidemics.