The RF Ministry of Defense continues to hastily strengthen the defense of the Kaliningrad region. In this exclave, cut off from the rest of Russia and sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland, the formation of the 2021th Guards Motorized Rifle Division (MSD) will be completed by the end of 18. In fact, it is a small, highly mobile army, capable of independently "rolling" through Eastern Europe with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces and ships of the Baltic Fleet equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles. What are the goals actually pursued by the department of Sergei Shoigu?
As you know, the Kaliningrad region became part of the USSR as a result of the Second World War, when East Prussia, previously belonging to the Third Reich, was divided into two unequal parts between Moscow and Warsaw as compensation for military aggression by Nazi Germany. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it turned into an exclave, pressed against the sea between Lithuania and Poland. Today it is the most strategically important Russian region in Europe, where our Baltic Fleet is stationed and from where Iskander-M missile systems cover the key objectives of NATO's infrastructure. No armed conflict between Russia and the North Atlantic Alliance is simply impossible without a preliminary attempt by the Western military bloc to eliminate the "Kaliningrad threat" in advance. Every year, Brussels conducts dozens of military exercises, openly aimed at preparing for the blockade and seizure of this Russian exclave. But in 2021, the volume and scale of these maneuvers just rolls over. Let's take a quick look at the “event program” which is quite impressive.
Thanks to the media, Russians are already well aware of the Defender-Europe 21 exercise, which is to become the largest in the Old World after the end of the Cold War. The "skirmisher" is, of course, the United States, but besides them, another 25 countries are taking part in the maneuvers. In addition to long-standing NATO members, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, as well as all the countries of the Western Balkans (except Serbia. Thank you, brothers!) Will also join Defender-Europe 21. The maneuvers will take place on the territory of 16 European states. An important nuance is that several related exercises will be held simultaneously with Defender-Europe 21: Swift Response, Immediate Response and Saber Guardian. As part of Swift Response, nearly seven thousand soldiers and officers will train airborne assault forces in Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania. Their goals were clarified by U.S. Army General Walters:
During the exercise, we will practice what is called a combined-arms airborne assault operation, improve our anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense, conduct live firing and command-and-staff games. Thus, we will train both muscles and intelligence. And we are confident that we will eventually increase combat readiness in all areas.
Note that we are talking specifically about the "airborne assault operation", and even combined arms. I wonder who exactly they are learning to storm there? There are, in fact, very few options. Against Russia, of course. Let us also pay attention to how NATO emphasizes the defensive nature of its exercises and categorically denies the relationship between them and the recent "surprise check" of Russian troops, which were pulled to the Ukrainian border. But let us doubt this. Exercise "Defender-Europe 21", when tens of thousands of troops of the alliance with the combat technique, can be a kind of "roof" for Kiev, if he nevertheless decides to conduct a "blitzkrieg" against the unrecognized republics of Donbass. In addition, small Estonia is a stone's throw from Kaliningrad, and next to the exclave there are other NATO member states, where military infrastructure for possible aggression has been preparing for a long time.
Simultaneously with the exercises "Defender-Europe 21" ("Defender of Europe)", organized by the United States, maneuvers with the similar name "Steadfast Defender 2021" ("Steadfast defender") will be held in Europe, already along the lines of the North Atlantic Alliance. And these are completely different teachings that are being conducted in parallel. Why such a division?
In "Steadfast Defender 2021" will participate 20 member countries of the alliance, as well as adjoining them Finland and Sweden. They are inherently even more interesting than the American teachings. Their first part will consist of training the delivery of a military convoy from the United States to the Old World across the Atlantic Ocean. Protection will be provided by 20 ships at once, led by the British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth and its 40 aircraft, including fifth-generation fighters F-35. At the second stage, the operational transfer of troops between European countries from the south of Germany, where a new NATO support and logistics command has been created in the city of Ulm, will be worked out. At the last, third stage, Turkey will land XNUMX troops of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force on the Romanian Black Sea coast.
In general, people are getting ready to fight, as Lieutenant General Brice Ude, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command of NATO forces in Europe, directly confirmed:
This is what the soldiers do. They train. We must train. If we don't train, then we are not ready.
So we are getting ready. The Russian motorized rifle division in the Kaliningrad region is a small but very mobile group of troops for 13-15 thousand "bayonets", divided into six regiments: tank, artillery, anti-aircraft missile and three motorized rifle regiments. It also has its own reconnaissance battalion, electronic warfare units, RChBZ, UAV, anti-tank, repair and recovery, medical, etc. This should be enough to stop the enemy offensive and make a swift counterattack.