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The war in Syria and the simmering conflict on the Donbass have tended to obscure significant changes within the Russian Ground Forces, namely the raising of new motorized rifle and tank divisions on the basis of permanent readiness brigades, the reactivation of regiments within existing reduced-strength divisions, and the creation of numerous artillery and air defense brigades and other non-divisional units apparently for inclusion in the combined arms and tank armies for which the new divisions are being intended.

News reports from just the last few weeks have identified the following units undergoing reactivation procedures:

The 42nd Guards Red Banner Evpatoriya Motorized Rifle Division, which is being rebuilt using two motorized rifle brigades stationed within the Republic of Chechnya, assigned to the 58th Army of the Southern Military District.

The 90th Guards Twice Red Banner Vitebsk-Novgorod Tank Division, being reconstituted on the basis of the 7th Guards Separate Tank Brigade st…

The US Army’s Reserve is going to create units of highly combat readiness.

US Army soldiers stand at attention before a homecoming ceremony at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado February 12, 2009 (Photo: Reuters / Rick Wilking)

The US Army’s Reserve (USAR) plans to establish units of highly combat readiness, new commander of the USAR, Lieutenant-General Charles Luckey, said in an interview with a group of journalists on Monday.

As Luckey admitted, there is still no full understanding of how these units would look. He specified that they are still trying to decide how such formations would look and what military plans would define the requirements, imposed on them.

However, Luckey also confirmed that he has already required his command structure to explore the question of what kind of forces and means of the USAR can be provided to combat units in the case of receiving a request without prior warning at this stage. The US Army‘s Reserve is going to be ready for combat deployment “in less than 90 days [before it] and, in some cases, significantly less tha…


The Rome mayor believes that mayors of European cities should be the first, who will welcome refugees with “warmth, shelter and accommodation.”
Rome mayor Virginia Raggi said mayors need to welcome refugees with open arms (Photo:

Mayors need to be the first, who will welcome refugees with “warmth, shelter and accommodation,” Rome mayor Virginia Raggi told an immigration summit of European city. The statement was made just days after neighbors, shouting “We do not want these n*****s,” prevented a Moroccan family from moving into a council flat in Rome, given to them by the authorities.

“Our cities seem to be closed off with their self-interest and the mayors are the ones who should give the first reception,” Raggi said. “We must guarantee human warmth, shelter, accommodation.”

She also added that the attitude that has been seen “offends our dignity as mayors and people.”

“For this we must take action, even more in the suburbs, which are the most abandoned parts of the city,…


This is the newst update of the ‘U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map’ exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map. Click to see the full-size map Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. It’s composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the world’s oceans.