Big Russian surprise maneuvers in the East as the Ukrainian crisis is complicated


Great Russian maneuvers by surprise. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation “continue the planned activities of the winter troop training period.” This is how the Russian Defense Ministry commented on the images of a surprise exercise in the cold and snow, in the Russian East, while the Ukrainian crisis remains hot in Europe and the tension that yesterday even raised the hypothesis of Russian deployments in Cuba. .

“As part of the preparations for the Vostok-2022 strategic command and the personnel exercise, the troops of the Eastern Military District are conducting a sudden combat readiness check,” writes the Russian ministry, amid growing tensions with the West. after talks between Moscow and the West failed to produce any significant progress this week and as a cyber-hack temporarily made several Ukrainian government websites unavailable.

Several formations and military units of the Eastern Military District march “in combination to unknown training camps, located at a considerable distance from their permanent deployment points to carry out combat training tasks,” says the Russian Defense. “The ongoing activities will make it possible to assess the readiness of the troops of the Eastern Military District to carry out the tasks envisaged after grouping over long distances on the territory of the Russian Federation”.

The objective is clearly a verification of the speed of transport of the troops and rapidity in the dislocation. “In the designated areas, the units of the Eastern Military District will have to carry out a wide range of tasks – they say from Moscow – to organize full support and carry out control and test exercises in combat training with tactical exercises and shooting in remote ranges” .

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the talks with the US “fruitless”. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a briefing: «We had an intense week of diplomacy, both directly between the United States and Russia, and at NATO; and also precisely to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. And we shared with the Russians our deep concerns about the actions they are taking not only towards Ukraine, but more broadly. They shared their concerns. We have given each other, I think, quite a lot to consider ».

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today that Russia will not wait indefinitely for a response from the West on security guarantees relating to Ukraine: it awaits written responses from the US and NATO for next week, while confirming Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics on 4 February.


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