How Russia Got Away With Masking a War Game of ‘More Than 40,000’ Troops

“My guess is that there probably were over 40,000 service members in this whole-of-government exercise,” Hodges told Agence France Presse on Monday. The different units in training across Russia over the course of Zapad were “all connected” from a military standpoint, Hodges said and estimated the actuall size of the drill to be much higher than the initially used figures.

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As noted by observers, Zapad 2017 was different compared to the two previous iterations of Russia’s war game with Belarus in 2009 and 2013. Although large, the drill’s focus was not combat in overwhelming an enemy mainly with superior numbers but in quick deployment of elite units.

How Russia Got Away With Masking a War Game of ‘More Than 40,000’ Troops