In May, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu promised to form three new divisions to ‘counter the build-up of NATO forces near Russian borders’. But it is a well-known fact that neither Ukraine nor Belarus is a member of the military alliance.
“Moreover, the war in Ukraine has been lasting two years. Pro-Russian militants seized about 7% of our southern neighbor’s territory. Belarus is bound by all possible military alliances and treaties with Russia; it is even included in the single regional grouping of troops and the single air defense system. Against this background, the Defense Minister’s words sound very silly and cynical,” OSINT website informnapalm.org reports..
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According to the website, at the moment the military bases in Novocherkassk and Kadamovski (Rostov region) are being built – there the 159th Motorized Rifle Division is to be deployed. The 10th Tank Division is being formed in the town of Boguchar (Voronezh region); the construction of the military base for the 23rd Motorized Rifle Brigade in Valuiki (Belgorod region) is on its final stade The military base is being created in the town of Klintsy (Bryansk region), to which the units of the 28th Motorised Brigade are being moved. The militaristic preparations has also affected the town of Yelnya (Smolensk region).
The 144th Motorized Rifle Division is being re-established in Yelnya. By the summer of 2017 over 6,000 military personnel, including 3,600 officers and contractors, are expected to come to the place. The first echelon with military equipment and troops from Yekaterinburg arrived on July 13, 2016.
According to the local newspaper Znamya, soon two battalions (400 soldiers each) will be in Yelnya. Elninskaya division will become part of the 1st Guards Tank Army together with Taman Motorized Rifle Division and Kantemir Tank Division.
In 2017, two regiments will be redeployed there.
It is noteworthy that the new division in Yelnya is equidistant from the city of Vitsebsk and the city of Mahiliou (just about 200 km).