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Fri Aug 31 04:24:45
Russia war games: Biggest since Cold War 'justified'

Russia plans to hold massive war games involving 300,000 personnel next month - its biggest military manoeuvres since a Cold War drill in 1981.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Vostok-2018 drills were justified given "aggressive and unfriendly" attitudes towards his country.

Units from China and Mongolia will also take part in the exercises at military ranges in central and eastern Russia.

What will take place in the drills?

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said 36,000 tanks, armoured personnel carriers and armoured infantry vehicles would take part in Vostok-2018, from 11 to 15 September, along with more than 1,000 aircraft. Vostok is Russian for east.

All of Russia's airborne units and two of its naval fleets will also take part in the drills across Siberia and the Russian Far East.

Mr Shoigu compared the Vostok-2018 exercises to Soviet manoeuvres in 1981, which involved a pretend attack on Nato. He said: "In some ways they will repeat aspects of Zapad-81, but in other ways the scale will be bigger."

Mr Peskov said the involvement of Chinese units showed Russia and Beijing were co-operating in all areas.


Yeah, Russia and China together.

Hopefully, Trump will shut down Nato now and withdraw from WTO.
large member
Fri Aug 31 04:37:28
Yay 36 000 AFVs? If Russia can do that, then there is no doubt who rules the euro-asian plains.

Germany invaded the USSR with about 7k (I don't know off-hand how many armoured half-tracks Germany had at the time).
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Fri Aug 31 07:50:21

Big Brother will be watching their every move.

Fri Aug 31 15:03:53

"Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Vostok-2018 drills were justified"

But does anyone care? If we're lucky, maybe the Chinese and the Russians will start firing at each other.

large member
Sat Sep 01 04:57:45
It does not matter because defense hinges on nuclear weapons. It would otherwise be a bit disconcerting that Russia has the power to invade Northern Europe.
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