In Pictures: Putin Inspects Massive Russian War Games Sep 13, 2018 - 12:48 pm The Vostok-2018 drills taking place in eastern Siberia involve 300,000 Russian troops and will include joint exercises with the Chinese army. Kremlin.ru "This is the first time our army and fleet have undergone such a difficult and large-scale test," Putin said in comments published on the Kremlin website. Kremlin.ru The exercises also involve over a thousand military aircraft as well as up to 36,000 tanks. Kremlin.ru At the games, President Vladimir Putin promised to strengthen the army and supply it with new generation weapons. Kremlin.ru The games come amid tense relations between Russia and the West that have fallen to a post-Cold War low. Kremlin.ru The games are Russia's biggest since the fall of the Soviet Union. Kremlin.ru Putin told soldiers that Russia was a peaceful country ready for cooperation with any state interested in partnership, but that it was a soldier's duty to be ready to defend his country and its allies. Kremlin.ru "We are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment and develop international military partnership," Putin said. Kremlin.ru Reuters contributed reporting. Read more about: Defense More image galleries war-torn childhood In Photos: Ukrainian Children Live and Play Amid War Children continue to live in wartime conditions surrounded by bombed buildings, destroyed cars and anti-tank equipment. behind the frontlines In Photos: Life in Occupied Ukraine The Kremlin appears to be pushing ahead with attempts to integrate the seized areas of Ukraine into Russia. navy day Russia Stages Showcase Naval Parade in St. Petersburg: In Photos Russia's naval forces went on display amid the country's ongoing offensive in Ukraine. under war's shadow In Photos: Russia's Invasion of Ukraine, 5 Months On Scenes from life near the frontlines of Russia's five-month offensive, which is now focused on capturing Ukraine's eastern regions.