Rostov-na-Donu and the Western Direction
A Southern MD staff source told TASS on 24 March the Russian Army will establish a “full-blooded” motorized rifle division in the vicinity of Rostov-na-Donu this year. The source indicated orders to this effect came from Chief of the General Staff Army General Valeriy Gerasimov.
The new division will reportedly be based in three garrison towns in Rostov Oblast. Staff buildings and barracks will be constructed initially, with other facilities to follow in 2017. Housing the division, storing its equipment, and providing training grounds and other essential infrastructure improvements will cost at least 5 billion rubles [$73 million].
Headquarters to the Southern MD, Rostov-na-Donu is opposite Donetsk and was the staging area for Russian forces that intervened in eastern Ukraine in 2014.
On 12 January, Defense Minister Shoygu announced that three divisions would be established in the western direction during 2016, but didn’t say where…
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