The chief of the Russian general staff says his country’s military has fully reestablished itself in strategic regions of the Arctic with the creation of a special force.

“Creation of the Arctic group has allowed for restoring Russia’s presence in strategically important areas of the Arctic Ocean and guaranteeing the safety of economic activity in the region,” Gen. Valery Gerasimov said at the Defense Ministry’s board meeting.

During the meeting, he recounted that the Russian military in 2014 created a united strategic command within the Northern Fleet, an air wing and air defense units within the fleet’s struction, along with a speci Arctic mechanized infantry brigade designed to fight in frigid conditions.

He recalled that in 2014 Russia created a united strategic command of the Northern fleet, an air force and air defense army within the Fleet’s structure and a special Arctic mechanized infantry brigade for performing combat missions in rigorous climatic conditions.

“Over the past five years the Northern Fleet obtained twenty three ships, including the strategic submarine The Yuri Dolgoruky and the multirole nuclear-powered submarine The Severodvinsk. The guided missile cruiser The Marshal Ustinov has been upgraded and the nuclear-powered missile guided cruiser The Admiral Nakhimov is being upgraded at the moment,” he noted.

In addition, coastal defense units have also received three battalions of the missile systems Bal and Bastion.

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