The Russian army mobilizes in all directions

Source: Office of the deputy Minister for Eurointegration

Source: Office of the deputy Minister for Eurointegration
 

2016/08/30 • News, War in the Donbas

In the last few months, Russia conducted a round of intensive exercises “rehearsing” offensive warfare. A development that has culminated in late summer 2016.

Observers noted that in the first two August weeks already, “Russian armed forces have mobilized at least six armies. These formations contain at least 2 tank divisions, 2 mechanized infantry divisions, 1 airborne division, 16 motorized infantry brigades, 7 artillery brigades, 4 missile brigades. Additionally at least 3 spetznatz brigades and 1 airborne division are at 24h readiness at all times.”

Building on recent developments – and encouraged by the active ignorance of western media and politics – the Russian military and political leadership has decided to show even more aggressive attitudes:

In the last August week, the Russian army has mobilized forces in all military districts, including paratroopers and special units. For some districts, there is also information on the planned or ongoing mobilization of reservists.

In the focus, of course, are Russian efforts to push its military capacities on the border with Ukraine – especially in regard to the upcoming “Kavkaz-2016” exercise, officially starting in a week (on a reduced impression on troop movements and “exercises” concerning Ukraine see for example here; and also a current assessment of Ukrainian intelligence).

We must not forget the forces Russia already has “on the spot” – in particular, on the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine.

Moreover, it has to be stressed that the build-up continues in other directions, too (for some information see for example here). Attention namely should be paid to developments concerning the western military district, Belarus – where a provocative “peace-keeping” exercise near the border with Poland just ended – and Kaliningrad.

Read more: Russian army put on war footing

Russian analyst Andrey Piontkovskiy remarked the last time such large maneuvers took place had been in 1968 – just before Warsaw Pact troops invaded and occupied Czechoslovakia.

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  • chairde

    The Russian are going to invade and they will take a few villages but then get bogged down. They could be leaving their flanks open to counter attacks and also incursions into Russia itself from raiders. It is a stupid and expensive move on Putin’s part.

  • Alex George

    Everything is not good for the Russians however. Apparently some of their troops had to march over 700 km to get to their new positions – an indication of how poor Russia is in transport vehicles and aircraft.

    Of course, it would have more of the latter available if it wasn’t already committed to a foolish venture in Syria, but when was Putin ever a good strategist?