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Paratroopers compete in military games in Russia

August 4, 2015

RYAZAN, Russia (AP) — Paratroopers from Russia, China and several other nations have shown their skills at military competitions in western Russia.

The troops parachuted, overcame obstacles, shot their weapons and conducted races in combat vehicles at Dubrovichi shooting range in Ryazan region, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of Moscow.

The show was part of the International Army Games, competitions involving troops from Russia and several other nations at shooting ranges across Russia that began Saturday.

The competitions were marred by Sunday’s crash of a Russian military helicopter from an elite aerobatic squadron that went down while performing aerobatics in Dubrovichi, killing its pilot. A second pilot survived and there was no damage on the ground.

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