Russia Kicks Off Vostok 2018 Drills Involving 300,000 Troops (Video)

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Russia Kicks Off Vostok 2018 Drills Involving 300,000 Troops (Video)

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On Spetmber 11, Russia kicked off Vostok 2018 military drills involving 300,000 troops in the Eastern Military District, the Russian Armed Forces announced.

Vistok 2018 is the largest drills in Russia’s modern history. Besides 300,000 troops, they will involve over 1,000 aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, up to 36,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers and other vehicles, up to 80 ships and supply vessels.

The exercise supervised by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will last until September 17.

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  • Jesus

    Russia is getting ready for war, a Chinese contingent of 3500 plus equipment are also participating in these drills.
    Had these drills taken place in the western district, NATO would have freaked out.

    • #’~A*QXm(>NRmm]w?dU4v!=^

      The US would not have freaked out, the MIC would have been overjoyed because it would mean more military hardware sales to the anti-Russia obsesses East European states.

      • Jesus

        US MIC is limited of what hardware they can sell to Eastern European states, yea they can sell junk aircraft, missiles and drones, however, bread and butter equipment to win wars US MIC does not produce anymore.

        • #’~A*QXm(>NRmm]w?dU4v!=^

          Limited? Why? Those guys are Nato members now too.

          • Jesus

            US MIC does not produce any new reliable and effective weapons, tanks, artilery, Spg, MLRS, or even new missiles and aircraft.

          • #’~A*QXm(>NRmm]w?dU4v!=^

            So what? The MIC can still sell what they are currently producing in series. I do not understand the point you are making.

          • Jesus

            The point I am making is the US MIC can sell their old junk to Poland and the other Eastern European countries. US relies on weapon platforms that are over four decades old, their MIC is dormant and inept of producing anything of cutting-edge technology….so if Eastern Europeans want to buy old weapons…..they can do so.

          • #’~A*QXm(>NRmm]w?dU4v!=^

            That is irrelevant. What counts is that the MIC is keeping tension and wars around the world going because of weapons sales, and whether those weapons are old or new is irrelevant. What counts is the money.

            BTW, I don’t think people would agree with you that THAAD, the F22 or F35 are old junk, to name but a few of the US’s modern weapons.

          • Jesus

            If the US MIC is selling junk, it will not be in business for too long. Poland wants to pay billions for a useless Patriot system……its their money.
            I consider THAAD and F35 junk, unproven and rendered useless by emerging Russian technologies, F22 is not produced anymore and is not available for export.
            F22 did not have an IRST and helmet cuing for all its supposed technological prowess.

          • #’~A*QXm(>NRmm]w?dU4v!=^

            You keep making assumptions about how future MIC sales might evolve. What I am talking about is what is currently happening, and that is weapon sales like there is no tomorrow.

            That is the only reason why wars are continued without end (e.g. Afghanistan, Iraq) and why new ones are started incessantly (Iran is next on the list, followed by N. Korea, and even China & Russia). When Trump tries to defuse tension, the Deep State, notably the MIC, scuttles those attempts, not for strategic reasons but just to maintain sales now.

          • Jesus

            I am not making any assumptions about future MIC weapons sale, US MIC has not produced many viable weapons for the last 3-4 decades. Most of their weapons sales were part of their marketing scheme full of BS, you cannot fight wars with peer powers using junk weapons, fighting wars against third rate countries is a different story.

            Why do you think US is pressuring India, Turkey, Indonesia and others from not buying Russian weapons?
            Besides, US warfighting capability on a large scale is limited due to manpower and equipment limitations and the extreme fear of heavy casualties.
            Why did not US attack N. Korea or Iran in spite of all the bluster and threats? Because they are blowing hot air, and such wars will not be like computer stimulated war games.

          • #’~A*QXm(>NRmm]w?dU4v!=^

            “Why do you think US is pressuring India, Turkey, Indonesia, and others from not buying Russian weapons?”
            So the US can keep selling weapons, no other reason.

            “Why did not US attack N. Korea or Iran in spite of all the bluster and threats?”
            If they attack N. Korea all of Seoul & parts of Japan will be toast, but even more importantly, 30,000 US troops and their families in S. Korea, some 250,000 Americans in all, would be barbecued. That cannot be justified.

            The decision on Iran has not been taken: the psychopathic trio, Bolton Pompeo, Satanyahoo, want the US to attack. I hope senior military personnel will be able to convince them that the ZioNazi garbage dump would be toast too. That could not be justified. But I am not convinced that the psychopathic trio will not prevail.

            In any case, neither of those 2 issues have anything to do with the quality of US weapons.

          • Jesus

            “””Why do you think US is pressuring India, Turkey, Indonesia, and others from not buying Russian weapons?”
            So the US can keep selling weapons, no other reason.”””

            The Indians said the Patriots were inferior to S400, and they saw no reason why they should choose Patriot over S400.
            Indonesia said yes to Suk 35 instead of US planes because they got tired of being cut off the spare parts if they did not fully bow down to Washington.
            The world is becoming assertive against the US MIC.

          • #’~A*QXm(>NRmm]w?dU4v!=^

            The quality of US weapons is not the issue, as much as you would like to make it so. The issue is that the MIC keeps selling weapons, e.g. Trump sold $ 400 billion worth when he went on his Middle East tour.

            And countries that want to buy Russian or weapons of different origin are correctly perceived as a lost sales opportunity. Those countries are threatened with sanctions if they don’t obey the empire-in-decline.

            Yes, Russia is probably far ahead of the US, I don’t dispute that, but for now the MIC is churning out weapons and bullying ‘maverick’ countries into submission.

            I do not dispute either that the world is becoming more assertive against the US, and the empire will ultimately cease to exist as an empire, just like all other empires went down in the course of history. The USD will also cease to be a safe haven currency. The likes of China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Turkey are already dropping the USD in their bilateral trade. This process will accelerate.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Although it is not likely, there is a possibility that NATO drills o the Russian Western borders could transform into another Operation Barbarossa. IF this were to happen the bulk of the Russian forces are out of the way in the East and President Putins promise that he would authorise tactical nukes to remove invading NATO forces from Russia ,that would be easier to use without the hinderance of Russian troops in close proximity.

      Just a wild thought :)

      • Jesus

        I do not see NATO strength as significant to launch an invasion of Russia, Kaliningrad enclave would give a strong response to any NATO attacks from Poland, the battalion sized units in the Baltic states, in my view are insignificant, a NATO incursion into Belarus would take time, the drills are going to be over in a few days;
        I am not sure if 1st tank guards army is involved in the drills, or stayed home in their western district,, that force alone can roll back any NATO incursion coming from Poland throughout Belarus or from southern flanks of Romania through Ukraine.

        • FlorianGeyer

          Russia has recently altered and updated her tactical nuke strategy Jesus. In the past coupe of years I think.

          • Jesus

            I am not aware of it.

        • Tudor Miron

          Guys, don’t think that Russia is that stupid to move all its troops in one place and not having enough power to defend its western borders.

    • occupybacon

      No, that would have helped NATO

      • Jesus

        How would it have helped NATO? Putting together 300000 troops and vast quantities of equipment old have been a starting stage for a western invasion of NATO.
        NATO freaked out in 2017 when Zapad military exercises were held in Belarus in 2017.

        • occupybacon

          It’s kinda naive to believe that they REALLY freak out, they use such narrative to ask for more funds and to justify the danger.

          • Jesus

            What funds? How much does the anti Russophobe rabble spend on defense? They are useful idiots spending billions on obsolete and ineffective equipment.

          • Concrete Mike

            In other words siphon infrastructure money into weapons corporations.

            To all americans? Why do you tolerate this mismanagement of your funds?

          • occupybacon

            The same is with Russia, you have the largest Nuclear Arsenal in the World and you are afraid NATO will invade your large country with regulars.

    • Lazy Gamer

      Seems like a Chinese token force only despite the fact that they are land neighbors.

  • Mikronos

    A reciprocal Russian ‘duty to save’ the Donbass ‘invasion of EUkraine’, to counter an illegal ‘duty to save’ Syria invasion by NATO, might be something for Putin to think about. He could be in Kyiv, in about the same time the US could be in Damascus – and a direct confrontation in Syria avoided.

  • Feudalism Victory

    Those are staggering numbers of troops and equipment. Is there even 36000 tanks in all of nato?

  • World_Eye

    300000 Troops, 1000 Aircrafts and 36000 Tanks LOL man, WTF this is the biggest drill in history of mankind.

    • Ivan Freely

      36,000 military vehicles.

      • World_Eye

        Oh well that makes sense