The Russian Defense Ministry announced a significant expansion of staff of their ground forces "in response to the increasing intensity of the NATO countries’ training." There are currently no Russian ground troops in Crimea.
The Russian Federation ground forces will be strengthened by combining existing sections of the Army into four new divisions, said the Russian Defense Ministry on Friday, January 22nd. "In 2016, three divisions will be formed in the Western territory and one in the central territory," Commander in Chief of Russian Ground Forces, Oleg Salyukov, said. According to him, the creation of new divisions is "one of the ways to respond to the increase of intensity of the NATO countries’ exercises."
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