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Russia's War Games With Fake Enemies Cause Real Alarm - New York Times

MOSCOW — The country does not exist, so it has neither an army nor any real citizens, though it has acquired a feisty following of would-be patriots online. Starting on Thursday, however, the fictional state, Veishnoriya, a distillation of the Kremlin ...and more »

Kremlin accuses West of 'whipping up hysteria' over Russian war games - Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia accused the West on Thursday of “whipping up hysteria” over large-scale military exercises underway in eastern Europe and denied charges that they were being conducted with a lack of transparency. The exercises, codenamed ...and more »

Russia's Zapad war games unnerve the West - Reuters

TALLINN/VILNIUS (Reuters) - From planes, radars and ships in the Baltics, NATO officials say they are watching Russia's biggest war games since 2013 with “calm and confidence”, but many are unnerved about what they see as Moscow testing its ability to ...and more »

100000 troops will engage in Russia's Zapad-2017 war games - Washington Post

As Russia prepares for its annual strategic military exercises, speculation is mounting that the Zapad-2017 war games, set for Thursday through Sept. 20 in western Russia and Belarus, might be a prelude to war. Ukraine's defense minister cautioned that ...and more »

Estonia: Going on a Bear Hunt - Al Jazeera America

Russia says that no more than 12,700 of its troops will be participating in what are purely defensive exercises; NATO officials say the real number of Russian military personnel involved could reach 100,000 and are part of a muscular display of ...and more »

Russia's Looming Military Exercise: A 21st Century Trojan Horse? - The Cipher Brief

Beginning Thursday, as many as 100,000 Russian and Belarusian troops will launch major military exercises along the border of three NATO countries. Russia's upcoming Zapad military exercise, which will simulate a response to an attempted overthrow of ...and more »

Russia kicks off huge war games on Europe's borders - CBS News

Last Updated Sep 14, 2017 7:46 AM EDT. MINSK, Belarus -- Military officials in Belarus sought Thursday morning to calm Western fears about major war games taking place with Russia, hours before they got underway. "We are not threatening anyone," Oleg ...and more »

Zapad-2017: Why Do the Numbers Matter? - RUSI Analysis

Russia's declared number of troops taking part in the biannual Zapad-2017 military exercise, about to start in Belarus, reveals that Moscow is almost certainly being 'economical with the truth'. The week-long Zapad-2017 (West-2017) Russian–Belarussian ...and more »

The enemies are fake, but Russia's war games are real. So is the alarm. - Los Angeles Times

When Russian troops reach the border of the “Republic of Veyshnoria” as scheduled this week, the enclave's patriotic defenders have pledged, according to their ministry of foreign affair's Twitter account, to greet defectors from the Russian military ...and more »

Russia and Belarus launch war games aimed at holding the line against the West - Washington Post

MINSK, Belarus — Russia on Thursday kicked off a week of war games with its ally Belarus that have NATO neighbors and the United States watching anxiously, even as they give Moscow the chance to flex its muscles against one of its primary fears ...and more »