Gentle readers, Russia has skipped about ten steps in the strategic messaging process and gone straight to shaking their nuclear sabre.
Many think this is an indication that their conventional armed forces are underfunded, ill-equipped and under-maintained. This is probably the case. But it is also an indication that their elite forces are over-extended because of Donbas. Whereas normal armies send in the infantry to sieze and secure terrain, Russia’s infantry lacks the training and professionalism to do the same, so they are forced to use elite troops. The results were fairly obvious, Russia siezed very little terrain, made minimal progress and lost a lot of equipment and soldiers at a rate approaching 10 to 1 losses, compared with Ukraine.
That is a sign of a pitiful military. That is a sign of a country lacking a strategic budget, keeping strategic forces properly trained and equipped. This is a sign that instead of investing in their country, the oligarchs, lead by Vladimir Putin, are stealing the country blind.
Enjoy the laugh, er, article.
Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces began an unannounced test of the nuclear weapons near the central Russian city Yoshkar-Ola, the SMF’s press center said Wednesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) have begun an unannounced test of its nuclear weapons near the central Russian city Yoshkar-Ola, the SMF’s press center said Wednesday.
“The Committee of the Command of Strategic Missile Forces is conducting an unannounced test of the condition and security provisions of nuclear weapons in the Yoshkar-Ola Missile Unit,” the SMF’s press service said in a statement.
The Yoshkar-Ola missile unit is armed with the Topol intercontinental nuclear-capable ballistic missile complex.
In February, the SMF held record-long drills that included more than 30 missile regiments. The same month, missile forces also completed command and staff exercises testing the troops’ combat readiness.
In January, SMF spokesman Col. Igor Egorov said that the Russian Strategic Missile Forces planned to conduct more than 100 drills in 2015.