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 Russian Defense Minister Ordered the Russian Peacekeeping Troops to Be in Permanent Combat Readiness

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu instructed the Russian peacekeeping forces to be in constant readiness to perform their tasks.

Censor.NET reports this citing ITAR-TASS.

"The world has changed, it has changed fundamentally. Peacekeeping units can be sought all of a sudden as you know from previous examples," he said.

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"That is why the divisions and brigades of peacekeeping forces should be in constant combat readiness," the Minister explained.

By decision of the board of the Ministry of Defense "all peacekeeping brigades should be staffed by the contract soldiers only - no recruits should be here," Shoigu said.

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It is well known that Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski did not exclude that Russia may soon send troops to Ukraine under the guise of a peacekeeping force. "Unfortunately, Russia has resumed its combat capability on the border with Ukraine. There are already more than 10 battalions. There is a significant amount of combat equipment. Such things are done for (political) pressure, or to send troops," the Minister said. He did not unequivocally say that the Kremlin has already decided on military intervention but noted that it will be known "very soon".

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