Three motorized rifle divisions to be created in newly-acquired Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, Army General Valery Gerasimov says
Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov at a command post during an inspection of Russian troops involved in a special military operation in Ukraine. © Sputnik / Russian Defence Ministry
The chief of Russia’s armed forces, Army General Valery Gerasimov, has said that Moscow intends to set up new military districts and put together fresh units to counter the most pressing security threats it faces, including a hybrid war in Ukraine, as well as Finland and Sweden potentially joining NATO.
“At the moment, such threats are the aspirations of NATO to expand by incorporating Finland and Sweden, as well as the use of Ukraine as a tool for waging a hybrid war against our country” by the US and its allies, Chief of the General Staff Gerasimov, who also heads Russia’s joint forces in Ukraine, said in an interview in newspaper Argumenty i Fakty on Monday.
According to the general, the Russian military’s response to those challenges will, among other things, include the creation of the Moscow and Leningrad military districts and the formation of three motorized rifle divisions in Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, which joined Russia in autumn after referendums, as did the Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Also on the agenda is putting together an army corps in the Republic of Karelia, located in Russia’s northwest and bordering Finland.