Russia to Continue Reinforcing Troops in South Due to Instability in Ukraine

MiG-29 planes in the Southern Military District. File photo

Russia will continue reinforcing troops in the Southern Military District because of instability in southeastern Ukraine and the threat of terrorism, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

MOSCOW.  Speaking at the ministry’s board session, Shoigu said the Southern Military District’s combat capabilities have improved by 10 percent.

“Further work is needed on: improving the fighting strength of the district’s troops; the recruitment of contract servicemen; equipping the troops with new weapons and military equipment; as well as the development of military infrastructure,” Shoigu said.

“The negative impact on [the southern strategic direction] is exerted, above all, by the situation in southeastern Ukraine and the activities of international terrorist organizations and groups in the North Caucasus,” he added.

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