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Russia Sends a Surprise Message to NATO With Sudden, Massive Military Exercise

by James Holbrooks, Underground Reporter:

Russian Army units in the south and west, as well as the Air Force and the Navy’s northern fleet, have been placed on high alert as part of a massive snap exercise aimed at checking the troops’ readiness, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday.

At a press briefing with top military commanders, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated the move came by way of“the decision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces” — Vladimir Putin — and that “Troops in the Southern Military District, some units of the Western and Central Military Districts, as well as the Northern Fleet, the Air Force and the Airborne Troops, are to be put on full alert.”

Shoigu said the war games, which are slated to run through August 31, will allow troops to be prepared to “defend Russia’s interests amid emerging security threats,” — meaning those in the western and southwestern regions where the Russian units are now on high alert.

The threats being referred to are those posed by the increasingly militarized NATO forces in Eastern Europe, along the western border of Russia, and the endless warfare happening along the country’s southwest, where the U.S.-backed government in Kiev ensures eastern Ukraine remains a constant warzone.

Now, with Defense Minister Shoigu talking about forming “sustainable task forces” to deal with crisis situations and instituting a “viable command-and-control chain” to communicate with troops on the move, it seems Russia has finally felt the need to have troops at the ready on its border.

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