The Kremlin uses the West 2017 military drills to test if Russia is ready for a large-scale war with the West. This was stated by Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov in his comment concerning joint Russia-Belarus military exercises.
“It’s not Russian Armed Forces that prepare for the great war, but a whole Russian state with the such material and other resources. Thus, during the West 2017 drills, the Kremlin checks how much the Russian Armed Forces and the state as a whole are ready for a big war with the West,” he said.
Russian railway is involved in the exercises. In particular, it is planned to transfer the control over the railway traffic to Military Communications Department of Russian Defense Ministry in areas of troops deployment. At the same time, military railway transportation is of priority importance and does not account trade and economic activity. The total number of wagons for the transfer of equipment and personnel only in the interests of the Ministry of Defense will exceed 7 thousand units.
Only diesel locomotives will be used for military transportations (including on electrified sections of the railway) in order to prevent the disruption of military traffic in case of targeted cyber-attack or other unauthorized influences on the power network.
"We cannot exlude the use of offensive cyber-potential of the Russian Federation, in particular the relevant units of the Russian Armed Forces and the FSB, those that disguise themselves as criminal groups to implement a common strategic plan," Turchynov said.
As it was reported earlier Ukraine and member countries of the NATO’s eastern flank are concerned about West 2017, the Russian military exercise slated for September in Belarus. Ben Hodges, the U.S. Army Europe commanding general said.