Military expert Starykov: Zapad-2017 war games in Belarus designed to demonstrate Russia’s military power


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The greatest danger for Ukraine during the Zapad-2017 military exercises in Belarus might be aviation drills carried out by Russian servicemen, says military expert Oleh Starykov.

Starykov asserts that more military personnel will take part in the Zapad-2017 exercises than is allowed under the terms and conditions of the Vienna Document.

Military expert Oleh Starykov

Military expert Oleh Starykov

“The Vienna Document stipulates that there cannot be more than 12,000 troops participating in military exercises, but there will actually be about 300,000 servicemen taking part in Zapad-2017. Russia plans to check the combat readiness of its troops. Russia has ordered 5,500 wagons, and not 4,500, as some experts have claimed. Russia has done this before, for example, during the Kavkaz-2016 military exercises. Russia plans to maintain its troops on alert along the entire western border. The Russian fleet will also be involved, as well as land forces and the Belarus army. They’ll muster up about 300,000 men since the Russian Federation wants to show the West its military power. I don’t think Zapad-2017 is intended to worry Ukraine. The Southern Military District of Russia is fighting us in the Donbas, while Zapad-2017 targets Europe!” said Starykov.

Starykov claims the greatest danger for Ukraine is aviation training drills carried out by Russian pilots.

“Russia fears a global strike. The Kremlin really believes that NATO countries are preparing a global strike that will destroy Russia in a matter of minutes….so Moscow has to show the USA that it can respond. Russians believe there are three wars. The first war is the war with Ukraine; the second involves preparations for a nuclear war, and the third war is aimed at combating terrorist operations. If we look at Zapad-2017 more closely, aviation drills carried out by Russian pilots would be dangerous for our country. We need to close the northern zone.” concluded Starykov.

Zapad-2017 will be held from September 14 to September 20, 2017. Russian servicemen began arriving in Belarus on July 24.

The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko stated that the exercises should be monitored by international organizations, including NATO.

According to the Minister of Defense of Estonia, Margus Tsakhkhn, Russia may use Zapad-2017 to deploy thousands of soldiers in Belarus as a warning to NATO.

On June 30 at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, said that the exercises on the border with Ukraine pose a threat to the entire country.

The commander of the US ground forces in Europe, Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, noted that the Russian-Belarus military exercise may be used as a “Trojan horse”.

Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili told the Lithuanian agency BNS that Russia probably intended to occupy Belarus.

Russian military exercises have become common in eastern Europe SERGEY VENYAVSKY-AFPGetty Images

Russian military exercises have become common in eastern Europe SERGEY VENYAVSKY-AFPGetty Images

More details about Zapad-2017:

Zapad2017 is a planned joint strategic military exercise of he armed forces of the Russian Federation and Belarus scheduled for 14—20 September 2017, to be held in Belarus and Russia’s Kalinigrad Oblast and other north-western areas. According to the information made publicly available by defence Minister of Belarus Andrei Ravkov in July 2017, fewer than 13,000 personnel State are to take part in the military maneuvers, a number that does not trigger mandatory formal notification and invitation of observers under the OSCE Vienna Document. Western analysts, however, believe that the total number of Russian troops, security personnel and civilian officials to be involved in the broader war-games will range from 60,000 to 100,000, which would make them Russia′s largest since the Cold War. Since 2016, concerns have been voiced in a number of NATO countries over Russia’s suspected ulterior motives and objectives in connection with the exercise.

In the run-up to Zapad-2017, as preparation for the exercise, on 23 August 2017, Russia and Belarus began joint tactical aviation drills that involved redeployment of aircraft and helicopters of the Russian Aviation Forces to Belarusian military airfields.



Translated by: Christine Chraibi


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  1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Zapad – sounds like a Mexican hemorrhoid ointment. Whatever, it is certainly something to do with a s s holes.

    1. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

      See, if you were educated you would know a little bit more about the topic, instead of spouting non-constructive sentences

      1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:


  2. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

    Just like the Roman Emperor Nero who played his fiddle as Rome burned to the ground, Pompous Putin the Pederast plays with war parades as Russia descends into bankruptcy. As such, who does the Russian dictator think he is going to impress other than his morally deficient putinistas? Certainly not the Western Powers or NATO.

    1. Avatar Mick Servian says:

      the only one who thinks of Putin so much is you idiots with a complex.
      as if one man could even run a massive country like that,
      no one believes your mass media bs anymore.

      1. Avatar RedSquareMaidan says:

        Sorry RTroll, the real bs is illegally invading and occupying land of your neighbors and that war criminal would be none other than little Putin the liar.

      2. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

        LOL. Your gay dwarf is done. Chop it up like Yugoslavia this time around.

        1. Avatar Mick Servian says:

          do you have a fetish for gay dwarfs????lol
          Putin is so small, but he’s carving your shithole of a country out really well.
          Oh and yeah, your paymasters, u know the ones that hand out your dole instead of investing it in your countries infrastructure can’t do shit.
          Russia is not tiny Jugoslavia, they can’t even start something with NK.
          PS. Compared to Serbia or Croatia, why are you guys so useless? Shit at sport, shit at education, shit at everything. why?

          1. Avatar ak47 says:

            Poroshenko, the dwarf baltic reichs’ leaders and their nazi sponsors – the US regime and NATO colonies will be piiissed not to see themselves next to Hitler, their inspiration for invading and destroying whole countries, mass murder, regime change, sponsorship of brethren nazis across the world. Miloshevic and Putin’s fathers destroyed Hitler and his murderous nazi ideology and now Putin is one of few to nail this vile scourge.

          2. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

            They destroyed Hitler? Ask Alexandr Dugin about that. Or perhaps Finland or Poland? Your hypocrisy and lies are fitting of a mongol subhuman. The cancer of humanity. LOL.

          3. Avatar ak47 says:

            Minging turds like you do not qualify to rank among humans. So Dugin, Finland and Poland are the ultimate authorities on these things? Is that right nazi turdy? in fact the last two were Hitler’s collaborators with Fins eagerly taking part in Herr Hitler’s genocidal war and Poland which dismembered Czechoslovakia together with Hitler in 1936 after signing the Hitler Pelsudski friendship pact. It then planned to invade the USSR with its ally, Nazi Germany but instead became prey itself especially after refusing to form an anti-fascist alliance with USSR. So you see, nazi doo-da, how easy it is to squash you and your hate filled diatribes with truth and facts.

          4. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

            Predictably, your hypocritical lies are infinite. Your support of the international mafia syndicate currently robbing your precious third-world ruSSia blind is even more laughable. This means they either finance your bad grammar or you’re one of the Putinbot cowards living comfortably in the West. Your gay sociopath is done.

          5. Avatar ak47 says:

            He, he, a vitriol spewing russophobic nazi ape wallowing in his abject hate, ignorance and depravity is pulling me up on grammar. I have enough wisdom and knowledge for you entire brainwashed rotten terrorist state. It is amuzing to see how indisputable facts and truth shatter your vomit strewn tirades decorated with puerile collages. Makes me feel goood. Hey, twat face, if you are interested I live very comfortably in a beautiful city of Tambov compared to whatever $h!!thole you have crawled from. And another thing, you fit perfectly the definition of a sociopath and the criminal invading and country destroying regime you call your government.

          6. Avatar ak47 says:

            I have proved you to be a pathetic regurgitation from your nazi mama’s kunnt. You are one load she should have swallowed. HAHAHAHAHA!

          7. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

            Your intelligence beams brightly. Your one parent must be proud of you, mongol. 😉

          8. Avatar ak47 says:

            Indeed, unlike you bipedal beat masquerading as a human. I doubt you have parents. You most likely were created by a chemical spill.

          9. Avatar Mick Servian says:

            sure he will….in your paid trolls wet dream…hahaha

          10. Avatar Mick Servian says:

            comparing Milosevic and Putin to each other and Hitler, is just plain retarded.
            you’re gonna lose half your country, get over it.
            Russia is not tiny Serbia

    2. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

      Putin just wants to show that Nato won’t have a shot at destroying them, like they did to Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq. Good that Belarus is joining Russia to in their quest to stop Nato agression and imperialism once and for all

      1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

        Said the bumbling blind man to his deaf dog.

      2. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        Savushkina snotbot mainlining vodka.

      3. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        NATO doesn’t have to fire a shot to destroy Dwarfstan, old eunuch. Your pedophile demented dwarf Duce-ski is doing that all by himsef thanks to his insane policies. In less than 20 years the Dwarfstanian Federation will implode, and Peking especially will be feasting on its carcass.

    1. Avatar ak47 says:

      Russophobic polish maggots and cockroaches like you will die out first. Bring on Putin the pest control.

      1. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

        You mean like at Donetsk Airport.? LOL. Ukraine is your gay pederast’s graveyard.

        1. Avatar ak47 says:

          You mean a pile of nazis were buried in rubble there? Well it is nothing compared to the truckload of them being shipped back like fodder. You are sh!!tt at collages, btw. Don’t they teach you anything else in the neo-nazi zoo called ukraine?

          1. Avatar ak47 says:

            Ukraine is indeed a graveyard – for its own people as it is hijacked by US mafia led nazi junta which started a war against its own people, plunged the country into poverty, deindustrialization and rapid depopulation. I see you comfortably in one of those boxes just like thousands of ukranian nazis from national battalions.

          2. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

            LOL….OMG, still parroting the ‘nazi junta’ vitriol. That is so 2014 for mongol propaganda. What a waste of a brain.

          3. Avatar ak47 says:

            You have $h!t for brain, wee ukr nazi supporter.

          4. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

            Now your gay pederast wants to back down. Guess the sanctions are pissing off his gay oligarch buddies. His days are numbered…..

          5. Avatar ak47 says:

            The only gay pederasts I know are in NATO governments and their armies. Not to be outdone banderastan also keeps up with Lyashko the bum bandit eyeing the presidency.
            You can wipe your nazi ar$e with the so called sanctions. They are precisely for the consumption of braindead russophobic kkunts like you, bent backwards from hate and helplessness. Russia is developing and growing and saving peoples and countries, like Syria your nazi state was determined to destroy as they did with Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and countless others. IF fact it is the great satan and his apostles’ judgement day is nearing to answer for all the crimes, deaths, suffering and bloodshed. You will burn in hell with them.

  3. Avatar Turtler says:

    Thank you, Commander F***ing Obvious. I would have no idea how we would have ever figured out that one of the purposes for military maneuvers is in fact to display the military prowess of a nation or alliance. How could we have ever conceived of this without you to understand us?

    1. Avatar zorbatheturk says: