16 Nov 2017 21:24

Airborne Troops commander Gen. Serdyukov resumes duties after making full recovery from heavy injury

MOSCOW. Nov 16 (Interfax-AVN) - The commander of the Airborne Troops (VDV), Col. Gen. Andrei Serdyukov, has resumed his duties after recovering from a severe injury sustained in a car accident.

"Today VDV commander Col. Gen. Serdyukov is chairing an enlarged meeting of the Airborne Troops military council in the Moscow region," the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Generals and senior Airborne Troops officers are analyzing the results of military drills during the training period and discussing prospects of refitting units and formations with new weapons, military and special hardware," the statement said.

The agenda included counterterrorism, military service safety, Airborne Troops' participation in international exercises and resolution of military-training problems, as well as the state of law and order in active military service, the ministry said.

It was reported that Serdyukov had been severely injured in a car accident in the Murmansk region in late September. The media have mentioned him as one of likely successors to Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin as commander of the Russian military contingent in Syria.