Russian Defense Ministry calls for more forces on Ukrainian border

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January 25, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

RIA Novosti, translated by J. Arnoldski – 

The Ministry of Defense of Russia is proposing to strengthen the army group deployed in the Southern Military District due to the situation in the South-East of Ukraine and the threat of international terrorism. This was announced on Wednesday, January 25th, by Defense Minister and Army General Sergey Shoigu.

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According to Shoigu, the military-political situation in the strategic southwestern direction remains unstable. “[This area] can be negatively impacted first and foremost by the situation in the South-East of Ukraine and the operations of international terrorist organizations and groupings in the North Caucasus,” Shoigu said at a meeting of the Ministry of Defense.

Under these circumstances, according to Shoigu: “It is necessary to continue work on improving the combat troops of the district, recruit contract servicemen, equip troops with new armaments and military vehicles, as well as develop military infrastructure.” 

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According to the minister, over the last year “the combat capacity of the district has been increased by 10%.” Contract recruitments are ongoing, new weapons are being employed, and military infrastructure is being improved. 

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