: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Massive Russian Troop Deployments and Exercises Held Close to Ukraine

The Russian Armed Forces have begun their pre-announced strategic military exercise “Kavkaz 2016” in Crimea, the North Caucasus, and the Black and Caspian Seas. Reportedly, the exercise, held on September 5–10, “will test the battle-readiness of troops, new weapons, as well as command-and control equipment.” The officially announced number of troops taking part is 12,500, but much more men and combat equipment could actually have been mobilized for action (TASS, August 5). Kavkaz 2016 was preceded by 12 “special logistical supply exercises” to test the ability of naval and other forces to be swiftly resupplied in high-intensity combat. Live torpedoes, …read more

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