Russia’s military reforms respond to NATO, hybrid war threats.
Russia is responding to possible NATO expansion and the use of Kyiv by the “collective West” to wage a hybrid war against Russia, with newly appointed general Valery Gerasimov making his first public comments on the situation. The military reforms, announced mid-January, have been approved by President Vladimir Putin and can be adjusted to respond to threats to Russia’s security.
The reforms call for the creation of two additional military districts, Moscow and Leningrad, which existed before they were merged in 2010, and an army corps to be added to Karelia in Russia’s north, which borders with Finland. In Ukraine, Russia will add three motorized rifle divisions as part of combined arms formations in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, parts of which Moscow claims it annexed in September. The main goal of this work is to ensure guaranteed protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country.
Gerasimov added that modern Russia has never seen such “intensity of military hostilities”, forcing it to carry out offensive operations to stabilise the situation. Russia is acting against the entire collective West, and the West has been sending increasingly heavy weaponry to Ukraine to help it resist Russian forces.
However, the country’s mobilisation of some 300,000 additional personnel in the fall proceeded chaotically. Gerasimov had to fix everything on the go, as the system of mobilization training in our country was not fully adapted to the new modern economic relations.
Russia’s military reforms are in response to the West’s use of Ukraine as a tool for waging a hybrid war and the aspirations of the North Atlantic Alliance to expand to Finland and Sweden. The reforms are designed to ensure the protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia, and the mobilisation of troops is being adjusted to meet the new modern economic relations.