12 military units and divisions will be created in the Western Military District due to “threats at the borders”
Shoigu: Russia will form 12 military units in the Western Military District due to new threats Russia's closest neighbors Finland and Sweden have applied to NATO, in connection with which tensions are growing in the zone of responsibility of the Western Military District, said Shoigu
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the application ceremony for Sweden and Finland to join the Western military alliance
Russia will form 12 military units in the Western Military District (WMD) by the end of 2022 due to new threats . This was stated by the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu.
“The situation in the western strategic direction is characterized by the growth of military threats near the Russian borders”, — he said.
Among the threats, the Russian Defense Minister named Finland and Sweden joining NATO. Due to the fact that Russia's closest neighbors have applied to the alliance, tensions continue to grow in the zone of responsibility of the Western Military District, he explained.
According to Shoigu, in 2022, the troops should receive more than 2 thousand units of modern weapons and military equipment.
According to the results of the winter training period, the level of training of the district's formations increased by 25% compared to the previous year, the Minister of Defense said. At the same time, the intensity of combat training exercises by the ships of the Baltic Fleet increased by 42%, and the air raid of the Western Military District increased by 4% since the beginning of the year.
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