Oleksandr Turchynov: Armed Forces of the Russian Federation together with militants are carrying out active preparations for aggressive hostilities against our country
On the orders of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at 04:00 on February 8 this year first in 2016 comprehensive sudden check of operational readiness of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation was launched. It engaged troops (forces) of the Southern Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, individual fighting forces and units of Central Military District, Airborne troops and Military-transport aviation of Aerospace Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, in particular 8500 servicemen, 900 units of combat and special vehicles, 200 airplanes and helicopters, 50 ships.
The official aim of the check is the assessment of readiness of military leadership for command and control over subordinated troops (forces) in the course of their deployment as well as the organization of interaction and combat employment of joint force grouping.
The above mentioned check will include working off issues of placing the defined troops (forces) in higher levels of operational readiness and development of fighting forces and units into areas of operational use; transporting troops at large (up to 3000 km) distances by railway and by air; deconcentration of aviation at operational aerodromes; protection of important state and military facilities.
On February 9 this year the shipborne hunter-killer groups as well as the surface action groups of the Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla proceeded to carrying out tasks to ensure a favorable operational regime in the aquatorium of Black and Caspian Seas". The shipborne mine-sweeping groups from among the mine-sweeping naval squadrons in cooperation with the naval aviation are working off the search of imaginary enemy's submarines and mines. Supply ships are placed in operational readiness for resource support of forces at sea.
All these military exercises are taking place in the immediate vicinity of eastern border of our country. Moreover, within the framework of comprehensive sudden check of operational readiness of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation at the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions the military exercises of so-called 1st and 2nd Army Corps are being conducted. This once again proves that these occupation units are an integral part of the Russian Armed Forces.
In summary, we can state that the Russian Armed Forces along with 1st and 2nd Army Corps and other units of the occupation forces, deployed at the temporarily uncontrolled territory of Ukraine, are carrying out active preparations to conduct aggressive military operations, that is a direct threat to our country.