Contents tagged with exercises

  • Experts: Russia's combat readiness check was intended for western audiences

    The sudden check of the troops’ combat readiness, which was held in the south of Russia and in the Crimea, was mainly intended for Western partners, and Kremlin wants to force Ukraine to settle the conflict in the Donbas on Russia’s terms, according to the deputy director on international issues at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (CACDS), Mykhailo Samus, Krym.Realii reported.

    “This is [meant to be] pressure on the West with an aim to force Ukraine via Western partners …

  • Russia's Finance Ministry and Central Bank to be tested for readiness to work during wartime

    Structural units of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Federal State Reserve Agency and the Central Bank of Russia will take part in a snap check of federal government bodies and Defense Industry Complex enterprises for readiness to work in wartime, according to the Ministry of Defense.

    The military is planning mobilization activities that include “recalling reservists, supplying …

  • Russia deploys paratroopers and marines to Crimea and Kuban

    Russia has deployed units of the Assault Brigade of Airborne Troops (VDV) and brigades of the Caspian Flotilla marines to Kuban and to the Crimea as part of their sudden inspection of combat readiness. This was reported by the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation.

    “Units of the VDV from the Volgograd region used different means of transportation to march 1,200 kilometers to the Opuk training ground in the Crimea. Here, they started to execute engineering tasks, organize the protection …

  • US concerned by Russia's surprise military inspection

    The U.S. is concerned about the sudden checking of the Russian Armed Forces’ combat readiness and hopes that Moscow will fulfill its obligations to its neighbors regarding arms control and transparency, the Pentagon said.

    "We have received reports that the Russian military launched a snap military drill. We hope that Russia will comply with all relevant obligations and commitments in the framework of existing agreements on arms control and confidence building measures in order to ensure its …

  • Russia deploys military aircraft near Ukrainian border zone

    Russia is preparing for a deployment of military aircraft to operational airfields for surprise-combat readiness inspections of the military districts near the Ukrainian border, a statement on the Russian Defense Ministry website reads.

    “Crews of fighter, bombardment and army aircraft at the Russian Aerospace Forces Airbases of the southern, western and central military districts are preparing for deployment to the operational airfields for a surprise-combat readiness check,” the office noted. …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence expects a surge in Russian troop levels along border

    The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine expects that Russia will transfer large numbers of their troops to the border they share with Ukraine. The Deputy Director of Intelligence, Vadim Skibitsky, said this while on air with the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

    The troops will be deployed as part of the test of combat readiness of the three military districts in Russia.

    “Today, according to the order of the President of the Russian Federation, a sudden inspection of …

  • Poland holds emergency meeting as Russia tests combat readiness

    The unexpected start of the test of the Russian army’s combat readiness has alarmed the Defense Ministry of Poland. Radio Poland reports that the ministry has held an emergency meeting.

    It was reported that the heads of the Operational Command of the Armed Forces, the Military Counterintelligence Service and the Military Intelligence were urgently summoned on the orders of the Polish Defense Minister, Antoni Macierewicz.

    A Polish military attaché in Moscow was also summoned to the Russian …

  • Russia announces surprise inspection to determine combat readiness of armed forces

    According to Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, a comprehensive inspection of the combat readiness of the country’s forces will be carried out.

    The plan to inspect was unexpectedly announced on the 25th of August and will be directed at the Southern, the Western and Central Military Districts and the Northern Fleet, as well as the High Command of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) and the Airborne Forces (VDV). This was reported by Shoygu.

    According to him, the first 24 hours will be …

  • Russia's Black Sea Fleet begins naval exercises

    The Black Sea Fleet of Russia has started naval exercises. Their press service announced on Wednesday that the exercises would last until August 27th. According to their press release, “At the initial stage, Naval Forces will perform anti-submarine tasks, deploy anti-mine forces and carry out minefield operations.”

    Crews of the mine-sweepers Turbinist and Ivan Golubets will search and destroy minefields mainly by shooting at floating mines. The guard ship Admiral Grigorovich and small anti- …

  • Ukraine and Estonia to hold joint military exercises in 2017

    Ukraine and Estonia are considering the possibility of holding joint military exercises in 2017. This was discussed during a meeting between the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak, and his Estonian counterpart, Hannes Hanso, which was held in Kiev on the 24th of August. This was reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry.

    “The General of the Army of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, discussed the importance of the development and continuation of cooperation between the defense …