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SKShU Kavkaz

Under the guise of the SCSE, the creation of strike units (forces) of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for the transition of the state border and military invasion into the territory of Ukraine is not excluded. It is worth recalling that in recent years such exercises have been used repeatedly to achieve hidden military-political goals. In particular, the "Kavkaz-2008" exercise (July 15 - August 2, 2008) - Russian troops involved in maneuvers did not return from landfills to permanent locations and unleashed armed aggression against Georgia; The "Caucasus-2012" and "Caucasus-2016" (September 17-23, 2012 and September 5-10, 2016) - possible options for the use of groups of Russian troops and hostilities in the South-West strategic direction, including against NATO forces, were worked out.

From September 5 to September 10, 2016, at the grounds of the Southern Military District (South-East Military District), in the waters of the Black and Caspian Seas, under the direction of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Army General Valery Gerasimov, the Kavkaz-2016 strategic command-staff exercise was conducted. About 12.5 thousand military personnel were involved in the exercise, aviation, military equipment and ships were involved.

The SKSHU Kavkaz-2016 was the final stage of conducting a complex of command and staff, special exercises, training of military command bodies, surprise checks of the combat readiness of troops (forces) in 2016. In the course of the exercise, the level of preparedness of the military command and control bodies for controlling interspecific groups of troops (forces) was checked, and commanders and staffs were given practice in planning, preparing and conducting military operations.

The special features of CSCU Kavkaz-2016 were the organization of work of control points at all levels using the latest automation tools, conducting tactical episodes with practical designations of actions by the conditional enemy, testing new types of weapons, military equipment and control systems, practical testing of a number of mobilization readiness measures territorial defense, as well as the widespread use of aviation, the forces of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla.

As part of the SKSHU, separate formations and military units of the Ground Forces, the Aerospace Forces, the Navy, and the Airborne Forces worked out tactical episodes at 14 SOO test sites.

Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held a meeting 12 October 2016on summarizing joint activities with federal executive authorities and subjects of the Russian Federation in the preparation and conduct of the Kavkaz-2016 strategic command and staff exercise (SKSHU). Speaking at the meeting, the head of the military department said that Western partners are trying to pass off planned combat training activities of the Russian army for the threat to neighboring countries, promoting the theses about the new Cold War and the next arms race.

“Recently, we have heard many reproaches from our Western partners, who fear the level of combat readiness and combat capability of our Armed Forces that has grown in recent years. Our planned operational and combat training activities are attempting to be issued as "menacing" signals to neighboring countries. The theses about the military threat, the new cold war, the next arms race are unwinding, ”said Army General Sergei Shoigu. “Of course, this is not the case,” continued the Minister of Defense. “ Our Armed Forces must guarantee the security of the country.”

The head of the military department stressed that large-scale operational and combat training of the Armed Forces are not signals to anyone, and certainly not a threat. This is a necessary condition for ensuring the combat readiness of the military organization of any country.

The Minister of Defense recalled that a series of federal ministries, executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in the Southern and North Caucasus federal districts, as well as defense industry enterprises were involved in the sudden inspection of the military districts of the military districts and the Kavkaz-2016 military school in August-September of the current year. complex (DIC).

“It is necessary to understand that in a special period the issues of defense organization and management concern not only the Ministry of Defense. In accordance with the Defense Plan approved by the President of Russia, practically all state and municipal authorities are involved. Therefore, special attention was paid to working out these issues, identifying “bottlenecks” and developing proposals for their resolution during the Kavkaz-2016 SSCHU, ” said the head of the military department.

He noted that the SKShU Caucasus-2016 showed a high readiness of the federal ministries, constituent entities of the Russian Federation and defense enterprises to accomplish the tasks set.

More than 12,000 people will take part in the Kavkaz-2020 strategic command-staff exercises, the press service of the Southern Military District told reporters 11 September 2020. The "Kavkaz-2020" strategic command and staff exercise with the Southern Military District under the leadership of the Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces - First Deputy Defense Minister [Valery Gerasimov] will take place from September 21 to 26, 2020. More 12 thousand people ", - the message said.

Vadim Astafyev, head of the district press service, told TASS that it is planned, among other things, to take part in about 1,000 foreign servicemen. The press service of the Southern Military District added that the first two military transport aircraft have already delivered units of the People's Liberation Army of China to the Astrakhan region to participate in the exercises.

"In accordance with the agreements between China and Russia, the People's Liberation Army of China [PLA] will send military personnel to the Astrakhan region of the Russian Federation to participate in the strategic command-staff exercises Kavkaz-2020, which will be held from 21 to 26 September," the text said. It is noted that servicemen of the Western zone of the PLA combat command will be involved in the maneuvers. It is also emphasized that "the exercises are not directed against third countries and are not related to the situation in the region."

"Two Y-20 planes delivered about 100 military personnel and military equipment of the Chinese army to the Caucasus-2020 exercise. Earlier, an advanced group of officers of the armed forces of the People's Republic of China was met at a military airfield in the Astrakhan region," the statement said. All arriving military personnel on departure from China were tested for coronavirus infection. Foreign guests will also undergo quarantine measures at the test site.

The Kavkaz-2020 command-staff exercise took place on September 21-26 on the territory of the Southern Military District and will complete a set of measures for operational and combat training of the Armed Forces this year. The participation of military contingents of nine foreign countries is planned. The main actions will unfold at the Kapustin Yar and Ashuluk test sites, as well as in the waters of the Black and Caspian Seas. The exercise will assess the ability of the Southern Military District to ensure military security in southwestern Russia.

About 80,000 people will be attracted to the Kavkaz-2020 strategic command and staff exercises. The maximum number of military personnel of units falling under the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence and Security Building Measures will be about 13 thousand, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters 14 September 2020. "In total, about 80,000 people are expected to be involved in the Kavkaz-2020 command and control squadron (including formations and units of combat, logistical and technical support, as well as formations of air defense, the Navy and special forces (Rosgvardia and the Ministry of Emergency Situations). The composition of military units, falling under the Vienna Document 2011, in the exercise held under a single operational command, will be up to 12,900 servicemen," the military department said. The ministry said that up to 250 tanks, up to 450 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, up to 200 artillery systems and multiple launch rocket systems will be involved in the practical actions of troops at the ranges.

Servicemen from six countries would take part in the Caucasus-2020 exercise. "To practice joint actions as part of groupings of troops (forces), military formations from Armenia, Belarus, China, Myanmar and Pakistan, up to 1,000 foreign servicemen in total, have been invited to the exercise," the Defense Ministry noted. According to the ministry, representatives of Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka planned to participate as observers.

The strategic exercises "Kavkaz-2020", in which more than 80 thousand people were involved, began on Monday at military training grounds in southern Russia. "The strategic command-staff exercise Kavkaz-2020 has started in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation," the ministry said 21 September 2020, specifying that the main actions of the troops as part of the maneuvers will take place at the internal ranges of the Southern Military District Prudboy, Ashuluk, Kapustin Yar, as well as on the ground air ranges Arzgir and Kopan.

The Ministry of Defense added that in total about 80 thousand people are involved in the "Caucasus", including formations and units of combat, logistic and technical support, air defense formations, the Navy, as well as the Russian Guard and the Ministry of Emergencies. "At the same time, the maximum number of personnel involved in military units subject to the Vienna Document 2011 in an exercise held under a single operational command will be up to 12,900 servicemen," the ministry stressed.

The maneuvers will be attended by servicemen not only from the Russian Federation, but also from Armenia, Belarus, China, Myanmar and Pakistan. The number of the foreign contingent will not exceed 1,000 people. Representatives of Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka will attend as observers.

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