Swords & arrows fly at Russian Cossack Games
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Dozens of Cossacks gathered in Rostov-on-Don, on Saturday, to take part in the annual St. George's Day Cossack Battle Games. Participants competed in sabre fencing, archery, pugilism, belt wrestling and equestrian events. Winners were awarded with rare melee weapons, horse harnesses and other martial items. The 'Shermitsii', as the games are known, are seen as an important gathering for Cossacks, serving as a mechanism to sustain their ethnic heritage and to showcase their spirit and military prowess.