Continuing the escalation of own military activities, Russia announced on January 25 a number of “trainings” of its Southern Military District, including the occupied Crimea. In particular, the units of the 49th Combined Arms Army located in the Stavropol and Krasnodar Territories, Karachay-Cherkessia and Adygea were raised on a “training alert”. In the same order, “marches in the area of ​​​​combined-arms training grounds at a considerable distance from the points of permanent deployment” in the North Caucasus were also carried out by units of the 58th Combined Arms Army, which are personally led by the District Commander, General Alexander Dvornikov.

The aggressor’s army announced combat training exercises using all types of aviation, missile battalions and ship groups of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla as part of these maneuvers. Simultaneously with these events, the crews of the T-72B3 tanks of the tank units of the “126th Brigade of the 22nd Army Coastal Defense Corps of the Black Sea Fleet (military unit 12676)” began “firing exercises” on the occupied peninsula. The Russian propaganda claims that the “maritime tankmen” are working out the conduct of a meeting battle and the tactics of suppressing anti-tank crews located in equipped positions.

It should be noted that Major General Denis Lyamin, who previously commanded the Russian military base in Tajikistan and leaded in 2019-2020 the Headquarters of the pointed “Chechen” 58th Army, “forges of personnel” of the current Russian military command, is in command of the “22nd Army Coastal Defense Corps” as an “operational-tactical formation” of the Coastal Forces of the Russian fleet. The “22nd Corps” as a whole is the main element of the Russian occupation contingent in Crimea, and at the beginning of 2022 the aggressor State announced its “strengthening with a new missile division.” At the same time, the “126th Brigade” located in the Perevalne settlement, Simferopol District remains the main ground strike component of the “Corps”, based on the military unit of the Ukrainian marines, captured in 2014. Since 2014, the Russian invaders have announced that they have invested more than 7.2 billion rubles to equip this military unit, located next to several military training grounds on the slopes of Dolgorukovska Yayla.

New barracks and park facilities for equipment were actually built by invaders since 2014 in Perevalne, and despite the tense relations between the “defectors” from among the former Ukrainian military personnel and the “Chechens” transferred by Russia to Perevalne, even in the face of constant complaints from “soldiers’ mothers” about various “troubles”, these military facilities became “exemplary” for the aggressor State. Until 2019, the “126th Brigade” was commanded by Colonel Vasily Popov, who was transferred to the occupied Crimea from the post of Chief of Headquarters of the Russia’s “7th Military Base” (“military unit 09332”) of the Russian occupation contingent in Georgia (Abkhazia), who was repeatedly “awarded for service” by “head of Crimea” Sergey Aksenov.

Popov was replaced in this chair by Colonel Anton Zhvaev, who in 2014 commanded the “4th Military Base” of the Russian occupation contingent in Georgia (Tskhinvali). It is noteworthy that at that time Lieutenant Colonel Zhvaev and his unit were subordinated to the leadership of the same 58th Army, namely to Major General Andrei Gurulev, and our Association has already been written about his “thorny path to the top”, by “surrendering colleagues to the prosecutor’s office” in the interests of the current commander of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov. However, collaborator Andrei Bezlyudko, the former Chief of Headquarters of Ukrainian military unit A2320, captured by the Russian occupiers in Perevalne, plays a significant role in the “strengthening of tank power” by the “126th brigade”. It is worth noting that the base of the Black Sea Fleet’s key marine formation in Perevalne was chosen in the Soviet period, taking into account the main military threats from the south, from where the base is covered by a ridge of the Crimean mountains. However, in the current situation, the aggressor State sets completely different tasks for the “22nd Corps”, which is too hard to be solved for the “sea tankmen”.

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