Putin wages war!
The largest Russian military maneuver of the year has begun in the Caucasus. A total of 80,000 soldiers will be practicing war on a grand scale by Saturday – including soldiers from China, Pakistan, Belarus, Armenia and Myanmar.
And: The Iranian mullah regime is also involved with warships, as the Ministry of Defense announced to the Interfax agency on Monday.
Of course, it was said: “The exercise is not of an aggressive nature,” as Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said on Saturday before the official start at the Kapustin Yar training area in the Astrakhan region on the Volga.
► But: Moscow defense politicians justify the exercise called “Caucasus 2020” propagandistically, speaking of a reaction to similar NATO exercises in the Russian neighborhood.
Last year, 128,000 soldiers and 20,000 military technical units took part in the “Center 2019” maneuver. During the “Vostok 2018” exercise (East 2018) there were still 300,000 soldiers – almost a third of the Russian army.
This exercise is now the biggest this year, albeit smaller than the one in previous years. Possible reason: Because of the corona pandemic, Russia had temporarily held back with military maneuvers and asked NATO to also reduce its exercises.
About 250 tanks and more than 600 other combat technology units, including artillery systems, would be brought up. Among the many involved are technical staff and civil defense employees. Observers were also present from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Indonesia, as the General Staff announced.
The General Staff emphasized that most of the troop deployment would take place inside the country. This will improve the cooperation between the participating states and the joint action of soldiers. In total, the action extends to 14 positions, including those in the Black and Caspian Seas, it said.
Objective: To simulate military operations in solving armed conflicts in connection with the fight against terrorism.
Among the many involved are technical staff and civil defense employees. About 250 tanks and more than 600 other combat technology units, including artillery systems, would be brought up. Observers were also present from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Indonesia, as the General Staff announced.