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Cuba’s communist regime requested help during the ongoing Russian International Army Games this week after its entry in the “tank biathlon,” an antiquated armored vehicle, broke down and began to smoke, the U.S.-based Martí Noticias reported Thursday.
The “International Army Games” are an annual competition organized by Moscow – but taking place throughout Eurasian – in which various Russian-allied rogue states compete against each other in military challenges. The competition began on August 3 and will end on August 17; finals will begin on Saturday.
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“The 2019 Army Games will include 32 competitions on the territory of 10 countries (Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Iran, India, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan). Over 5,000 servicemen from over 200 teams will take part in the games,” the Russian Defense Ministry announced last month. The “tank biathlon” took place in the Moscow region, in a facility called “Patriot Park.”
America and France both sent observers, but are not participating, in the competition, as did Turkey, which has a long history of conflict with Russia but has recently engaged Moscow more closely, seeking closer economic ties.
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According to the official website of the International Army Games, 25 nations participated in the tank biathlon, including an assorted of rogue states such as Iran, China, Syria, and Venezuela. Cuba failed to qualify for the finals along with Sudan, bested by Zimbabwe, Uganda, Burma, and Tajikistan, among others.
Cuba, competing on Tuesday, notably failed to surpass Angola, a nation it invaded in 1975, and Venezuela, a country currently occupied by close to 100,000 Cuban civilian and military officers, according to defecting Venezuelan military officials. The tank biathlon is ongoing, however, and a full list of teams going on to the semifinals and finals is still unavailable. Martí noted that both Sudan’s and Cuba’s tanks malfunctioned, however, making it impossible for them to continue.
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