Russia Puts Troops In Central Region On Combat-Ready Alert After Launch Of Massive Surprise Drill - Video

Tyler Durden's picture

So much for the Ukraine ultimatum.

As we reported yesterday, at the same time as Ukraine president Poroshenko implemented a unilateral "ceasefire" proposal which was said to have been accepted by Russia only for Russia to roundly dismiss it saying it sees the Ukraine step an "ultimatum", alleged Ukraine gunmen shelled a border crossing on Russian territory near the town of Rostov.

What, however, made clear that no Ukraine civil war de-escalation is coming, especially not on Kiev's terms, were reports that overnight pro-Russia separatists, which Ukraine and NATO now consistently say are being reinforced by Russia, something the Kremlin is denying, retaliated in a mirror image of yesterday's shelling, attacking Ukrainian posts on the border with Russia and a military base, and tried to storm an airforce base, according to Reuters.

The fresh action came just hours after the start of a ceasefire at 10 p.m. on Friday by Ukrainian forces, ordered by President Petro Poroshenko as part of his plan to end the rebel insurgency in the east of the country.


A government forces spokesman said the separatists used mortars and sniper fire to attack Ukrainian posts at Izvareno and Uspenka on the border, wounding nine Ukrainian officers.


In other incidents, rebels with big caliber machine guns and grenade-launchers attacked a Ukrainian military position at Avdiyivka, near the main regional town of Donetsk, as well as a Ukrainian post at Kreminna.

As was clearly obvious from the beginning, there go any attempts at de-escalation.

But what is most surprising, is what happened next.

As Interfax reported a few hours ago, cited by Voice of Russia, Putin once again punked everyone, and certainly western ambitions for "peace" on its terms, when over 65,000 military servicemen and about 5,500 items of weapons and military hardware were unleashed in the latest surprise snap military drill in Russia, or as Valery Gerasimov, the chief of staff of the Russian armed forces called it an ongoing comprehensive surprise combat readiness test of the Russian Central Military District forces.

"Over 65,000 troops, about 5,500 weapon units and vehicles, over 180 planes, and about 60 helicopters will be involved in the test," Gerasimov said at a conference with the Russian Defense Ministry command staff on Saturday." The maneuvers are designed to test the training level of the troops in performing their duties through shooting practice, control exercises, the use of aircraft and airborne drops, Gerasimov said, Interfax reports.

RT further reports that all Russian forces in Siberia, the Urals and beyond have been put on combat-ready alert, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said after President Putin ordered surprise drills.

Russia’s troops in the Central Military District have been put on alert to verify troops’ combat-readiness during massive war games of all branches of the armed forces. The exercises involve the relocation of military personnel and hardware, firing training and complex inspections.

In accordance with president’s order, today starting from 11:00 Moscow time [07:00 GMT] all troops of the Central Military District have been placed in a state of full combat readiness," Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at staff meeting.

The drills will last for a week, from June 21 through 28, Shoigu said.

Up to 65,000 troops, along with 5,500 military vehicles, 180 airplanes and 60 helicopters will participate in the drills, Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov said, Interfax reported.

During the first 24 hours, the troops’ readiness for immediate deployment on a combat mission will be checked.

After that, military units will switch to tactical training, marching in battle formation to firing ranges for practice, Shoigu said.

Air Force units in the district will relocate planes to operational airfields to check their readiness for action in new locations. In particular, the 98th Airborne Division will be relocated from the Ivanovo Region of the Volga Federal District to the Urals for paratrooper jump exercises at the Chebarkul firing range. The minister specifically ordered units to avoid any possible damage to civilian installations and infrastructure during the military drills, and to ensure the safety of military personnel, arms and hardware.

The June 21-28 drill is the second stage of general exercises in the Central Military District, Shoigu said. A special commission has already verified the general situation in the district and now the war games will give the picture of combat readiness of the troops stationed on a swathe of huge territory from the Volga River through the Urals Mountains to Siberia, and from the Kara Sea in the Arctic to the steppe on Russia’s southern border with Kazakhstan.

Shoigu said that the 28th and 35th Motorized Brigades began the training June 20, when both units were put on alert ahead of the rest of the military forces in the region.

The Russian army has staged a number of military drills this year. The most recent exercises took place less than a fortnight ago, when on June 10 the Russian military launched drills by its assault forces in the enclave of Kaliningrad in answer to the double war games being conducted by joint NATO forces on the territory of the three Baltic States.

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Ukraine was not happy: the country's foreign ministry promptly said that military activity with unclear task near Ukrainian border “doesn’t help to normalize the situation” and to implement peaceful initiatives. It added that the concentration of Russian armed forces near Ukrainian border causes "special concern in light of numerous” incidents of supply of weapons to militants in Luhansk and Donetsk regions from Russian territories."

Needless to say, Putin couldn't care less about the optics of the surprise drill, or if Ukraine's feelings were hurt.  Because just like that, whatever strategy the top brass from the Pentagon, CIA and to a lesser extent, Kiev, were planning on implementing has gone up in flame. Because what the drill really is, is a pretext for Russia to relocate troops on its territory under the watchful eye of countless US spy satellites.

So the next time NATO or Kerry slams Putin for once again piling troops at location X, Russia now has a 1 week alibi: "it was all just part of the drill."

A video of today's surprise military drill.

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i-dog's picture

This should end well.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

Wow. How far in are the willing to go? And then with Syria/Iran?

The first round with Crimea was unlikely to be contested, but it looks like the stakes are rising.

jbvtme's picture

what kind of life do you leave to join the military? the noise, dirt, violence, destruction, death, incoherance, madness...

BlindMonkey's picture

Yeah. That is true. But the stories are awesome.

TeamDepends's picture

Hey US military members:  The time for mutiny is now.  Come home, shore up our borders (which is what your main function is) and remove the grifters in the White House.  How 'bout that for some hope and change!

thamnosma's picture

It's very disturbing that what you suggest seems like a viable alternative to what's going on.

max2205's picture

Napalm in the morning!  I love the smell

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

If I am understanding the article correctly, most of the Russian military exercise is in (or even East of) the Urals.  That is fairly far away from Ukraine.

What's the big deal?  Our military drills all the time.

COSMOS's picture

"Ukraine was not happy: the country's foreign ministry promptly said that military activity with unclear task near Ukrainian border “doesn’t help to normalize the situation” and to implement peaceful initiatives."

LOL so their military maneuvers on Russias borders with the objective of killing ethnic Russian people living in Ukraine's bogus borders made up by Communist Ukrainians in charge of the Politburo is OK??? And on top of that using western Mercenaries from NATO countries.

Manthong's picture

 "noise, dirt, violence, destruction, death, incoherance, madness"

I suggest that one should not omit gun grease from that equation.

.. and synthetic in the winter.. especially there.

..and I also submit that the task is perfectly clear.

..get US the F' out of there.

Communist Ukrainians (?).. they are the nice ones.. it is the Nazi Fascist maniacs and their fony fed/eu funding that are the f'n problem right now. 

economics9698's picture

When you are in the military desertion is not a option.  You do whatever the boss wants.  I like the military part of the military, just hated the fucking politically correct bull shit.

Newsboy's picture

"Drills" turned into 9/11 and the London bombings.

With all the troops immediately combat ready, checked out on the jumps and marksmanship, outfitted, in place, in motion, there is an option purchased on immediate and overwhelming blitzkrieg, to borrow the term of another...

Manthong's picture

ah.. yes.. Cheney

shock and awe?

Rootin' for Putin's picture

Its not a big deal at all, unless you have an agenda to push in the media and most of your audience has no idea that the drills are no where near the ukraine.  They just need to get the words, russia, military, buildup, activity all into a nice sentence and let the honey boo boo watching morons draw their own conclusion.

bonin006's picture

Even more disturbing that it seems like the only possible solution. (but no solution if it stops at the white house)

msmith9962's picture

I've heard that generals are getting swapped out every 2 years so that no loyalty gets built up and they dont get any ideas.

rubiconsolutions's picture

How about not encouraging your children to join the military in the first place? And mutiny, you're kidding right? Have you been to a country after a coup? I have, several, and it isn't pleasant. Here's what you could expect if the military did decide to "mutiny"...

  1. Wage and price controls
  2. Markets tanking and the dollar collapsing
  3. Banking restrictions
  4. Travel restrictions
  5. Likely shortages of food and fuel, long lines for both
  6. At least some limited martial law
  7. Military tribunals for those of us who oppose military rule

And where exactly would you draw the line? I mean, it isn't only the executive branch but the legislative and judicial who are out of control. Do you overthrow those too? How would the military reinstitute civilain control and when? Do you really think that once the military seizes control that they will just willingly give it up?

Think about it pal. A military coup would be the final nail in the coffin. It's not pretty now but under the military it would be far, far worse. 

TheReplacement's picture

I think you are exactly right.  Most of the brass have at least one advanced degree from prestigeous Ivy or near-Ivy league schools.  They have been taught that centralization is best.  A military coup would almost certainly lead to a dictatorship far more violent and intolerant that what we have right now.

That is not to say that what we have right now is good or that it isn't devolving into just such a violent dictatorship but we aren't quite there yet.  The only real viable alternative is for a civilian rebellion to restore the rights and liberties of all under rule of law.  Even that will not be perfect but it will be more perfect than any other option known to man.

Edit:  To drive it home - If you count on the military to set you free you will be disappointed.  Only you can set you free.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

There is no way the United States military could occupy and enforce martial law on this country. A coup in the US <> a coup in Africa. 

A military coup could decapitate the current power structure and allow the nation 90 days to hold fresh elections at the State level to send a new crop to Washington to try again.

I would look forward to seeing Harry Reid put on trial alongside John McCain and Eric Holder. 

spinone's picture

Correct MeatTrapper.  There are about 1 million military and federal law enforcement in the continental USA, and 1 million state and local law enforcement, for a total of 2 million.  There are about 130 million civilian men of working age in the USA, and 32 percent of American households have a gun.  Thats about 40 million men of working age with a gun in the household. If only 1% of them choose to fight, thats 4 million. 

All that said, it will never happen.

Not Too Important's picture

Obama/Hillary needs Brown Shirts, and lots of them. They're now coming across the southern border, along with the kids. MS-13 is being paid very well to get those kids here safely, along with the Mexican cartels, and a lot of MS-13 is coming in with them. A lot of those kids will join MS-13 in a short enough timeline.

The US government is establishing a significant economic relationship with some of the most violent gangs on the planet (well, we all know this started a long time ago). Shut the country down, give MS-13 guns and food (and the obligatory brown shirts and knee-high boots) and there's your DHS 'civilian' army. They'll work wonders in the urban cities, while the rural areas are droned into submission.


Not Too Important's picture


'Report: 'Undocumented Immigrants' Will Be Able to 'Join the Military''

"Pentagon officials have approved a policy that would allow a limited group of undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children to enlist in the military, opening up a path for them to eventually become citizens, The Huffington Post has learned," reports the liberal website.

The move, which has not been formally announced by the Obama administration, would affect some of the roughly 550,000 undocumented young people granted the ability to remain in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, many of whom have pled with the government to allow them to enlist."


They will have their Brown Shirts, one way or the other. Preferably both.

sessinpo's picture

TheMeatTrapper    There is no way the United States military could occupy and enforce martial law on this country.


spinone     Correct MeatTrapper.  There are about 1 million military and federal law enforcement in the continental USA, and 1 million state and local law enforcement, for a total of 2 million.  There are about 130 million civilian men of working age in the USA, and 32 percent of American households have a gun.


This is horrible simplistic thinking. While the US citizenry may have an advantage in rural areas. the military would dominate urban areas easily. Then it is a matter of starvation since traditional supplies would be cut off. of you 40% of goun owners, most have no survival skills. But they have families they have to support.

I have guns, stock pile of ammo, some food supplies. I could head for the hills today. I give myself less then 50% chance.

And militias better beware and take a lesson from tea party. Organize but don't have an organization. Once you gather, you are all sitting ducks.

perchprism's picture


"Thats about 40 million men of working age with a gun in the household. If only 1% of them choose to fight, thats 4 million".


1% of 40,000,000 is 400,000. 



spinone's picture

Awww crap, we're fucked

Al Huxley's picture

I would look forward to having sex with Kate Upton too - which has about the same probability of happening.

ChiangMai's picture

"... The only real viable alternative is for a civilian rebellion to restore the rights and liberties of all under rule of law..."

Sounds about right to me.

How about a civilian rebellion in which the military stands down (yes, I'm dreaming, perhaps) when ordered by the psychopaths in power to stomp it out ( as many did in Ukraine, incidentally).

rtalcott's picture

Most of the brass have at least one advanced degree from prestigeous Ivy or near-Ivy league schools.

Yeah but...they areNOT real's a nice vacation for them and at the end they get a degree....gubbermint cash for a piece of paper.

psychobilly's picture

"A military coup would be the final nail in the coffin."

That nail has already been driven home.  Twice, to hammer the point home and make sure the lower orders know who their Daddy is.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

TeamDepends's picture

9th Rule:  If someone addresses you as "pal", it is a verbal slap in the face.  Proceed accordingly.

First of all, the coup happened six years ago.  Did you miss it?  There is no way Barry is eligible to be POTUS.  Second, each serviceman must swear to uphold the US Constitution.  We are not (yet) a banana republic.  They would probably install Ron Paul as interim President as he is extremely popular amongst all branches of the military, and there really is nobody else who is qualified.  Everything on your list of expectations is either here now or is right around the corner.  There are no easy answers for us now, our situation is literally FUBAR.  Of course we should sing Kumbaya and discourage our children from joining the military but it's a little late for that, don't ya think?


psychobilly's picture

"First of all, the coup happened six years ago."

Nope.  First in 1861 (America's Caesar), and again in 1963.

TeamDepends's picture


coup d'état

noun \?kü-(?)d?-?tä, ?kü-(?)d?-?, -d?-\

: a sudden attempt by a small group of people to take over the government usually through violence

Coups do not always involve the assassination of a standing leader. 

psychobilly's picture

Nope.  There was no violent transition 6 years ago.  It was as smooth as silk.  The Obushma agenda for a "Clean Break" and "Securing The Realm" (Perle, et al.) has been rolling uninterupted since 2001.

TeamDepends's picture

Yep.  "....USUALLY through violence"  Also, how many people were threatened with violence who knew the sordid details of Barry's past?  Let's ask the members of the Down Low Club in Barry's church....

psychobilly's picture

I don't care.  Your cherished Republic was lost over a century ago.  Your National Security State has been firmly in control of things since the '63 coup.  Don't kid yourself. 

In reality, the whole thing has been a swindle from 1787, when a small group of men met in secret and exceeded their mandate by scrapping the entire Articles of Confederation.  If we are widening the definition of a coup to include one that happens non-violently, then that was the first coup, because they certainly betrayed the original vision.  Unsurprisingly, tax burdens quickly exceeded those that were imposed while living under a King, and the federal government created by those traitors was violating the very consitution that they were supposed to uphold and protect.

magnetosphere's picture

all great nations are founded and run by a tiny group of elite people who propagandize the masses.  we have democracy, the brits carried the white man's burden, the nazis were the master race, the bolsheviks were heroes of socialist equality, the chinese have the mandate of heaven, the muslims have allah on their side

psychobilly's picture

"all great nations are founded and run by a tiny group of elite people who propagandize the masses."

A good case for getting rid of nations.  And voting.  Voters are loathsome; imagining they have some right to rifle through your pockets and control your life.  Just like a King or an elite group of oligarchs.  Whether voters or a King, it all boils down to "give me what I want or I'll kill you."  Such a nice, moral philosophy.

magnetosphere's picture

if you want anarchy, you can have it, so long as you are able to conquer your enemies and force them to acknowledge your sway

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

We had a Velvet Coup, presented in plain sight and prime time, thanks to the MSM.

TeamDepends's picture

Which, let's face it, is far and away the most boring kind.  But when you have goals such as removing beauty from art what can you expect?

magnetosphere's picture

are you aware that the united states was founded by a bunch of supwealthy white dudes for their own benefit?  for example, voting was restricted to property owning white males.  quel surprise!  just who do you think was at the continental congress? 

Not Too Important's picture


"First Lady Michelle Obama reminded attendees of a naturalization ceremony Wednesday that the Founding Fathers weren’t born in America.

The ceremony for 50 new U.S. citizens was held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

“It’s amazing that just a few feet from here where I’m standing are the signatures of the 56 Founders who put their names on a Declaration that changed the course of history,” she said during her speech, referring to the Declaration of Independence. “And like the 50 of you, none of them were born American – they became American.”"

(Not really, the vast majority of the Founding Fathers were born in America)

Don't you watch CNN? Get with the Common Core program!

TeamDepends's picture

Commies have no use for facts or truth, only the cause matters.

Not Too Important's picture

Neo-cons are the children of Communists that fled Stalin, pretty much Trotskyite Jews, and their commie sympathizers.

It does pay very well, look at where they work and what they're allowed to do on the world stage.

They all aspire to kill more innocent people than Stalin and Mao did. Some kind of Communist ego thing. And they're well on their way.

It is interesting to see the difference between the Trotskyites and the Stalinist Communists. Look it up if you have some time, it's very enlightening.

magnetosphere's picture

i check cnn once every couple years to find out the party line and typically find such gems as "man bites dog, hilarity ensues"

rubiconsolutions's picture

"Second, each serviceman must swear to uphold the US Constitution."

That gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. The constitution is a feckless long dead screed. It allows TSA to gate rape tens of thousands of people daily. It allows (by way of the 16th amendment and Article 1, Section 8) the government to steal with an immoral direct taxation scheme. It allows (according to the SCOTUS) the government to control the healthcare of Americans. If your defense of the military is that they "must swear to uphold the US constitution" then you are saying they must uphold a document which gives pretty much unbridled power to the state. Have you read the damned thing? Read it in its entirety, not just the first ten amendments. If you read it you'll see that 95% of the words are devoted to what government can, shall and must do while a mere 5% are devoted to the rights of the individual. To paraphrase Spooner - either the constitution allows the government we now have or is powerless to prevent it. In any case its worthless. The military would do nothing, absolutely nothing to improve an already dismal situation. As far as your analysis that they would install Ron Paul I had to laugh out loud at that one. Ron Paul would dismantle about 80% of the military-industrial complex which would not sit well with the joint chiefs. You obviously haven't read any of his books because while some military folks admire him the leadership would find themselves out of a job. 


Xibalba's picture

All of this has or will take place.  But under the guise of 'For your safety', "To protect your freedoms',....etc.

DHS is on it!