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Breaking Down Russia’s Vostok Exercise

September 25, 2018

Over at his blog Russian Military Analysis, WOTR Senior Editor and Russia expert Michael Kofman has a primer on the Vostok 2018 exercises, which concluded earlier this month, as well as a day-by-day analysis. He writes in his intro:

It seems this year’s annual strategic command-staff exercise has been replaced by Strategic Maneuvers, which depending on your perspective is actually a higher level of exercise in the TVD (theater of military operations) …Vostok 2018 is not being done in the format of typical annual exercises rotating between the four main strategic directions.

Here’s a full list of his posts:

Primer on this year’s Vostok
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Days 5 and 6
Day 7

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