“Large-scale” Russian military exercises are not large at all

Vostok 2022 military exercises began in Russia on Thursday. “Russia publicly announced that 50 thousand people will participate in them. soldiers, but there is only a small chance that more than 15 thousand will actively participate in them. military personnel.

This corresponds to approximately 20 percent. forces that participated in the last Vostok exercise in 2018,” the ministry said in its daily intelligence briefing.

According to the ministry, the results of Russia’s military actions in Ukraine show that Moscow is no longer able to maintain the capabilities of its army to carry out complex large-scale operations with such exercises.

The ministry described the latest Russian military exercises as “carefully staged” and aimed “to impress Russian leaders and international audiences”.

Russia announced on Thursday that it was starting “large-scale” military exercises involving several Kremlin-friendly countries, including China.

Vostok 2022 exercises are scheduled to take place until September 7 at several ranges in the Russian Far East and in the waters off the country’s east coast.

Such news was announced as the confrontation between Moscow and Western countries continued over the war in Ukraine.

The active phase of the exercises began on Thursday morning with simulations of warplanes, anti-aircraft unit maneuvers and mine-sweeping in the Sea of ​​Japan, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“Combat aircrews will have to learn how to intercept air targets… and conduct aerial strikes against ground targets,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry released photos showing military aircraft taking off and flying in formation, as well as maneuvering Pancir air defense missile systems.

According to Moscow, over 50,000 people will participate in the exercise. soldiers and more than 5 thousand units of military equipment, including 140 aircraft and 60 ships.

Countries participating in the exercises include several of Russia’s neighbors, as well as Syria, India and Moscow’s key ally China.

Similar exercises were last held in 2018.

Confirming its participation in Vostok 2022 in August, Beijing stressed that these joint maneuvers were “not related to the current international and regional situation”.

Since February, when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Moscow has been trying to establish closer ties with countries in Africa, South America and Asia – especially with China.

Russia expressed solidarity with Beijing during US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s August visit to democratic Taiwan, which China considers part of its territory.

The US State Department has said that while warming ties between China and Russia pose a threat to global security, Washington is “seeing nothing” in the Vostok 2022 exercises.

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