Russia’s North Caucasus region comparable to large-scale Soviet military exercise (Figure)
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newspaper freelance writer Du Bin
“International terrorists attempt to invade the territory of Russia!” “terrorist organizations to establish jurisdiction in the North Caucasus Military District camp! “” extremists planned occupy parts of the North Caucasus! “These are the June 29 start in Russia,” Caucasus 2009 “strategic and operational exercises set the scene. According to RIA Novosti, the Russian Chief of General Staff of the exercise by the Makarov command will continue until July 6.
this year, the largest Russian military exercise, the exercise area covers Volgograd, Rostov, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagestan and the Chechen Republic and other regions, the participating units, including North Caucasus Military District, in the Sea Fleet, the South Federal District, the Federal Border Security Service headquarters, internal security forces headquarters and the North Caucasus belong airborne troops, up to 8,500 troops, 200 tanks, 450 armored vehicles and more than 250 doors various types of artillery participating. Russian shore, said the exercise scale comparable to the Soviet era.
North Caucasus Military District, according to the person responsible, the exercise is divided into two stages: first, gathering the troops to designated areas and occupied the initial position; the second stage, composed of the troops fighting the cluster, expand the action to eliminate terrorists and their camps. Exercise level, rich in content, including long-distance marching, firing, air cover, the campaign against illegal armed combat piracy and escort, etc. to implement. In addition, the exercise would be based on last year’s conflict in the Russian grid lessons, exercises how to repel “aggression from Georgia.”
Russian military said that the recent terrorist activities are rampant in southern Russia, exercise can effectively deter terrorists. It is said that the exercise to some extent to achieve this objective. Not long ago in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia region from terrorists, after hearing the news have taken refuge in the deep forests have been.
Other analysts believe that the exercise is obviously the intent of Georgia is in the box at the recent NATO multinational military exercise response. Representative of the Russian General Staff said that the current grid level military equipment Russia is not less than 2008 cells the level of conflict, may be cell leaders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia adopted a new military adventure. The implication is that Russia held large-scale exercise at this time is in the grid to deter possible military action.
for the exercise, the Georgian Foreign Ministry quickly issued a statement accusing the Russian side initiated the “serious provocation.”