News - About 3,000 military personnel of the Western Military District (WMD) have begun exercises at training grounds in the Voronezh, Belgorod, Bryansk and Smolensk regions. This caused concern in the NATO countries, where they believe that in this way Moscow is "preparing to attack Ukraine." Military observer Mikhail Khodarenok figured out whether there were grounds for such fears. Up to 300 units of military equipment take part in the exercises. Among them are T-72B3 tanks and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles. Recall that the number of wartime motorized rifle regiments is about 2.5 thousand people. And 300 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles are significantly less than the regular strength of a tank division.
It should be added to this that all combat and operational training activities in the Armed Forces are associated with huge expenses. Therefore, as a rule, they are carried out in accordance with the operational training plan of the RF Armed Forces and the combat training plans of the military districts. On an initiative basis, any exercises are carried out extremely rarely.
The fact is that combat training activities are carried out exclusively at previously created training grounds, the number of which in the European part of Russia is very limited, and their capacity, as a rule, is no more than a regiment. Therefore, it is difficult to fulfill the periodically arising demands of the West not to conduct exercises near the western borders of Russia, even with the greatest desire, since Russia simply does not have other training grounds.