US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Russian state media reported that the tank army of the Western Military District was reinforced by an additional brigade to defend in the western strategic direction. In May, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with TASS news agency that the western strategic direction remains “the most threatened for the military security of the Russian Federation,” adding that in accordance with the action plan for 2019-2025, a package of measures is being implemented to neutralize potential threats.
“The 60th anniversary of the USSR Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Sevastopol Red Banner Brigade became part of the Guards Tank Red Banner Army of the Western Military District to carry out tasks to ensure the defense of the Russian Federation in the Western strategic direction,” the press service of the military department said. – The brigade is armed with modern weapons, military and special equipment, including T-90A tanks, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, 9A34 Strela-10 з anti-aircraft missile systems and anti-aircraft missile and gun systems 2C6M “Tunguska”.
This motorized rifle brigade is deployed in the Novomoskovsk administrative district of Moscow.
Earlier in June, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy, head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, said that the Russian Ministry of Defense was systematically recording the high level of military activity of the United States and its NATO allies near Russian borders. He added that this alliance has expanded the scope of its military exercises, which are definitely anti-Russian.
Although the idea that NATO could attack Russia seems far-fetched to most Americans, Russians really have reasons to fear invasion from the west. Over the past few centuries, countries such as Poland, Sweden, France and Germany have repeatedly invaded Russia.
The United States also took part in what can be regarded as a kind of “invasion” when the American military was sent to Russia during the Civil War in 1918. The Americans landed in Arkhangelsk. This military campaign was called the Polar Bear expedition, and its goal was to thwart the German advance and help open an eastern front after Communist Russia accepted the terms of the Brest-Litovsk Treaty. However, instead of fighting against the Germans, American soldiers were in a position where they had to fight the forces of the Bolsheviks.
After only two decades, the forces of Nazi Germany invaded the territory of the Soviet Union, who managed to advance far deeper into Mother Russia, to besiege Leningrad and get to the approaches to Moscow before the coming winter stopped their advance. The Germans occupied many other Russian cities, and by the end of the war many of them were completely destroyed – including Stalingrad, which became the site of the most fierce and bloody battle that changed the course of the whole war.
After the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is perhaps in many ways more vulnerable than many of the former satellite states of the Soviet era, including Poland, Hungary and Romania, as well as the Czech and Slovak Republics, which are now part of NATO.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the Russian bear continues to sharpen its claws – strengthening its navy, regularly conducting military exercises, developing new military equipment, including T-14 Armata tanks and supersonic underwater missiles.
All of this new military equipment in Russia should not be seen as a potential for offensive action, but as a deterrent that helps Russia prevent another invasion from the west.
Peter Suchiu publishes his articles in a variety of magazines, newspapers and websites, lives and works in Michigan, and has authored several books on military headgear, including a book called A Gallery of Military Headdress.
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