“‘The Ocean Shield-2023 naval exercises have begun in the Baltic Sea,’ Russia’s Defense Ministry (MoD) confirmed in a statement, detailing that in total some 6,000 personnel are taking part, operating 30 warships and boats, along with 20 support vessels.

‘During the drill, measures will be worked out to protect sea lanes, transport troops and military cargo, as well as to defend the sea coast, the statement added. “In total, it is planned to perform more than 200 combat exercises, including with the practical use of weapons.'”