Putin Scrambles Troops and Warplanes Across Russia in Large-Scale Military Drills Amid Tensions With the West

Putin Scrambles Troops and Warplanes Across Russia in Large-Scale Military Drills Amid Tensions With the West

Obama may be weakening our military as much as he can, but that isn’t true for the rest of the world. Vladimir Putin in particular has been strengthening his military as much as he possibly can.

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Vladimir Putin has put thousands of troops, warplanes and battleships on high alert in a series of military drills designed to test his military’s mobility amid growing tensions with the West.

The war games in south-west Russia will include bombing runs and troop deployments, which the Kremlin says will test its military’s ability to respond to external threats.

It comes as Western tensions with Russia remain at a low following its annexation of Crimea in 2014, its clandestine support for rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, and its bombing of Syria.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District.

The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine.

Shoigu said the maneuvers will also engage airborne troops and military transport aviation, as well as the navy.

He noted that the drills are intended to check the troops’ ability to respond to extremist threats and other challenges.

According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges.

The maneuvers will test the troops’ mobility, with some being deployed to areas up to 1,800 miles away, the military said.

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said in a statement that up to 8,500 troops, 900 ground weapons, 200 warplanes and about 50 warships will be involved in the drills.

The exercises are the latest in a series of major drills intended to strengthen the military’s readiness which have continued despite the nation’s economic downturn.

Even though a drop in global oil prices has drained the government’s coffers and helped drive the economy into recessions, the Kremlin has continued to spend big on the military, funding the purchase of hundreds of new aircraft, tanks and missiles.

Why Putin feels the need to make sure his military is so strong? That’s anyone’s guess, but the simple fact is that when there’s a vacuum of power, someone will always rush in to fill it — and it seems like Russia and China are rushing to fill the spot vacated by the United States, thanks to our wussified president.

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