RBC | 07/02/2014
Completed large-scale military exercises with the dispatch paratroopers to unfamiliar polygons and conduct peacekeeping operations were confined to the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan. This was on a conference call on the results of the exercise said several army generals. According to military experts, generals, practicing Afghan scenario, clearly keep in mind the Ukraine.
By checking sudden troops of the Central Military District (CVO), which was held from 21 to 27 June, brought more than 65 thousand soldiers, recalled on a conference call on Tuesday, Minister of Defense, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. "It involved 5.5 thousand units of automotive and armored vehicles, more than 180 aircraft and 60 helicopters. At the final stage checks at various ranges on a single plan worked out a peacekeeping operation, "- said the Minister.
According to him, during the exercise carried out airlift of personnel and equipment of the 98th Airborne Division and the 31st Airborne Assault Brigade parachute and landing way. Earlier, a source in the Defense Ministry told RBC that the paratroopers these divisions participated in the raid on the protection of important strategic facilities in the Crimea.
In the course of the exercises also solves the problem of reflection of air strikes, the defeat of critical facilities imaginary enemy, air support operations of the troops. "At the present time, the troops returned to their places of permanent deployment" – summed Shoigu.
The uniqueness of this exercise is that during their first time at a distance of more than three thousand miles was completely transferred Airborne Division. Earlier, the military, commenting teachings did not explain what such a surprise and what a legend exercises. All questions about Ukraine representatives of the Defense redirected to the Foreign Ministry for comments.
At Tuesday’s meeting, it became clear that the last exercise was not directly linked with Ukraine, and Afghanistan. "We have worked quite specific tasks related to the upcoming withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan, and, of course, we cannot ignore the events that occur at the boundaries of our neighbors and our colleagues in the CSTO. Therefore, we are working on all sorts of scenarios and conduct it within including unannounced inspections, "- said Shoigu.
"On the southern borders of our country there may be some circumstances, so we must be ready for this and chose scenario exercises in connection with the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan, which should be completed in 2014" – echoed Minister Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev.
Afghanistan borders with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Russia with any of these countries does not border – a buffer between these Asian countries and Russia stands Kazakhstan.
Military experts about the Afghan threat dispersed. "In Afghanistan after the withdrawal may collapse military-political stability, events will evolve in case of Iraq, and the great risk from Islamic extremism in the post-Soviet space – said a member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense Igor Korotchenko. – Therefore, our troops need to be prepared to maximize operational actions, and well, that the Defense Ministry understands that. "
Different view from the head of the Center for Military Forecasting Anatoly Gypsy, razglyadevshy for "anti-Afghan" teachings signal Ukraine. "We conduct exercises against Afghanistan, but then openly show how we can act in which case the Ukraine. Before the Georgian-Ossetian war for two weeks our troops engaged in similar exercises in scale, in which showed how to act, and in the end what happened, "- said Tsiganok. In general, according to the expert, the General Staff and care situation in Ukraine, and Afghanistan.
[My personal translation – RD]