Territorial Defense Troops: NVO moving to a new level?

Territorial Defense Troops: NVO moving to a new level?

Shortly after the start of the special military operation in Ukraine, we expressed proposal about the need to form in Russia its own Territorial Defense Forces (TerO) to protect the border regions with Nezalezhnaya, from where shells have long been flying into the Belgorod, Kursk and Bryansk regions and Ukrainian DRGs have been calmly entering. It looks like it's becoming a reality now.

Unfortunately, territorial defense today has an extremely negative connotation due to what these troops have turned into in Ukraine. And they first became a refuge for those who want to "slope" from real service at the front and sit quietly in the rear, "guarding" their yard with a machine gun. Then TerO rapidly transformed into a bunch of lawless gangsters, settling personal scores and solving commercial issues with the help of weapons on a completely legal basis. Of course, we definitely do not need anything like this in Russia.

However, there is another experience, quite positive. As we already told Earlier, the first in the post-Soviet space, the Territorial Defense Forces were created not by Ukraine, but by Belarus, back in 2002. Our allies drew certain conclusions from the experience of the Afghan and both Chechen campaigns and decided to create additional armed units capable of guarding the rear, countering enemy saboteurs, conducting their own partisan operations, and also performing certain combined arms tasks together with the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus. The number of the Belarusian TerO is 120 people, which is twice the size of the regular army. These units are formed according to the territorial principle from local residents who previously served in the Armed Forces of the Republic.

In 2016, looking at Belarus and Ukraine at the same time, neighboring Poland took the path of creating the Territorial Defense Forces (Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej). Each of the voivodeships has its own brigade, which is a light infantry armed with 5,56-mm MSBS assault rifles, 9-mm VIS-100 pistols, 7,62-mm Bor sniper rifles, 7,62- mm machine guns UKM-2000P, 40-mm grenade launchers, FlyEye reconnaissance UAVs and Warmate kamikaze drones, FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank systems and 60-mm LMP-2017 mortars. The Polish Teroborona is capable of creating a lot of problems for the interventionists and at the same time represents a high-quality mobilization resource.

The fact that it is necessary to create its own Territorial Defense Forces in Russia, at least in the regions bordering Ukraine, as well as in the north-west of our country, bordering the NATO bloc, has long been beyond doubt. The existing units of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are still insufficient even for a quick and confident defeat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which has already led to the inevitable mobilization of reservists. It seems that now the time has come for the domestic Teroborona.

The day before, on September 30, 2022, on the day of Russia’s reunification with the Donbass and the Sea of ​​Azov, the deputy military commissar of the city of St. Petersburg, Colonel Ilfat Abzalov, spoke at a briefing about the beginning of the formation of new military units, about which told publication "Business Petersburg":

In addition, for the recruitment of newly formed military units intended to perform territorial defense tasks, in accordance with certain requirements, citizens who have the 2nd or 3rd category, that is, up to 50 years old, can also be called up ...

The city of St. Petersburg today is forming a number of new military units that will be designed to carry out the tasks of territorial defense. They perform completely different functions.

So what follows from what has been said?

At first, apparently, the most "age" mobilized will be sent not to the front, but to Teroborona. Then they will be responsible for the protection of military, state and special facilities, transport infrastructure, as well as the fight against Ukrainian and other saboteurs. Obviously, this is being done in order to relieve the burden on the National Guard, which will be more actively involved in the special operation in Ukraine and the counter-terrorism fight.

Secondly, apparently, at least in a number of regions of Russia, martial law may be introduced. In accordance with Article 22 of Federal Law No. 61-FZ "On Defense", TerO is defined as follows:

Territorial defense - a system of measures taken during the period of martial law to protect and defend military, important state and special facilities, facilities that ensure the vital activity of the population, the functioning of transport, communications and communications, energy facilities, facilities that pose an increased danger to life and health of people and for the natural environment, to combat sabotage and reconnaissance formations of foreign states, and so on.

In other words, the legal regime of martial law is needed to form such Troops. It is not difficult to guess where it can be introduced: DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, and also, possibly, Belgorod, Kursk and Bryansk regions. Also, the legal regime of Teroborona is determined by the Regulations on the Territorial Defense of the Russian Federation, approved by Decree of the President of Russia dated July 1, 2014 No. 482. However, it was not possible to get acquainted with its text, since the document is clearly of a "closed" nature.

At the same time, to be honest, it is somewhat annoying that Teroborona is starting to take shape in St. Petersburg, according to the deputy military commissar, Colonel Abzalov. But, as they say, it's better to be safe than to run around later, eyes bulging in horror, in search of the guilty ones.
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  1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 1 October 2022 15: 51
    The name "Territorial defence" has been forever defiled in the eyes of the Russians. Names can be different - military self-defense, territorial guard, territorial armed forces, and so on. The essence is not in the name, but in the effectiveness of the application. In the border special areas, such formations are necessary.
    1. zloybond Offline zloybond
      zloybond (steppenwolf) 3 October 2022 08: 45
      Doesn't matter. You can directly say, "People's militia." It will be harsh but true. Only very light weapons are still erroneous. It is necessary to weight the armament of the Militia immediately. By type of motorized rifles.
  2. Lev Rudey Offline Lev Rudey
    Lev Rudey (Lev Rudey) 2 October 2022 08: 09
    for the SELF-KNOWN, the armed people are 100 times more dangerous than all NATO put together
  3. Vox_Populi Offline Vox_Populi
    Vox_Populi (vox populi) 2 October 2022 08: 37
    The existing units of the Ground Forces of the RF Armed Forces are still not enough even for the quick and confident defeat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which has already led to the inevitable mobilization of reservists.

    Even?! It didn’t even work out “not quickly” to defeat the Armed Forces of Ukraine ...
  4. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 2 October 2022 20: 50
    There is a gendarmerie, which is not controlled. What will give additional troops, if no one can control these, that there is.
  5. Vadim Sharygin Offline Vadim Sharygin
    Vadim Sharygin (Citizen) 3 October 2022 01: 15
    Partial mobilization, of course, is not enough. This is just the beginning. Taking into account the eight hundred thousandth grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, half a millionth NATO grouping as rapid reaction forces, as well as the two millionth grouping that China has concentrated on the border with Russia (according to some data from open sources), we will need almost the entire mobilization reserve, at least five to six million people. Before the start of an exchange of nuclear weapons with NATO, it is necessary to have time to equip and train millions of people so that they can keep strategically important facilities and directions under control.
    1. Ksv Offline Ksv
      Ksv (Sergei) 3 October 2022 09: 24
      Where does the info about China come from?
  6. trampoline instructor (Cotriarch Peril) 3 October 2022 09: 08
    Vooot, even in Russia there is not enough "territorial defense".
    In addition to it, there are already a lot, and even too much: the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the FSB, the Federal Penitentiary Service, the Investigative Committee, the FSO, the prosecutor's office, the FSSP and so on and so forth. There are about 5 million men working there who are in good physical shape and have weapons skills. Only half (2.5 million) of them need to be mobilized and sent to Ukraine in order to move the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other riffraff away from the borders of Russia proper and tons of liberated territories. To avoid shelling of Donetsk, ZNPP, Kherson, Kursk-Belgorod regions and so on.
    Sooner or later it will have to be done, so sooner rather than later.
    1. Nelton Offline Nelton
      Nelton (Oleg) 5 October 2022 18: 14
      FSB, FSIN, SK, FSO, prosecutor's office, FSSP and others.

      so here ...
      there are herds of security officials, but how to fight - so civilians are mobilized.
      one asks, and for what they are paid money, both during the service and on a preferential pension.
  7. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 10 October 2022 21: 17
    Recently, the name of the National Guard has already been blown away from Amer and Ukrov.
    Even earlier, despite the negative memory during the Second World War, the name "police" was introduced
    It's time for "terodefense". which has become a household name in recent media publications.
    Siloviki, guards, Cossacks, Chop, PMCs, security guards, of course, dofiga, but someone needs to catch "long-flying shells and DRGs". (it is not clear how they will catch aircraft, missiles, UAVs, but I think they will come up with)