Shoigu announces need for more troops in Crimea

by The Daily Lede


With the ratification of Ukraine’s association agreement to the EU, the start of US-led Rapid Trident military exercises in Lviv and Nato’s condemnation of the recently held Crimean elections, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced the need to deploy more troops to the Ukrainian peninsula.

Given the recent increase in foreign military presence and the exacerbation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, there was seen an immediate need for an increase of forces in the region of Crimea, Shoigu told Interfax News.

“The military-political situation in the South-West strategic direction since the beginning of this year has changed significantly, largely due to the expansion of Russia’s Southern Military District after the return of the Crimea to Russia. The resulting escalation of tensions in the region has seen a dramatic rise of foreign military near the vicinity of our borders,” said Shoigu.

According to Shoigu, adjustments had to made prioritizing the need for the deployment of a “complete” and “self-sufficient” group of Crimean troops to the region.