Vladimir Putin has put thousands of troops, warplanes and battleships on high alert in a series of military drills designed to test his military's mobility amid growing tensions with the West.
The war games in south-west Russia will include bombing runs and troop deployments, which the Kremlin says will test its military's ability to respond to external threats.
It comes as Western tensions with Russia remain at a low following its annexation of Crimea in 2014, its clandestine support for rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, and its bombing of Syria.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District.
The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine.
Shoigu said the maneuvers will also engage airborne troops and military transport aviation, as well as the navy.
He noted that the drills are intended to check the troops' ability to respond to extremist threats and other challenges.
According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges.
The maneuvers will test the troops' mobility, with some being deployed to areas up to 1,800 miles away, the military said.
Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said in a statement that up to 8,500 troops, 900 ground weapons, 200 warplanes and about 50 warships will be involved in the drills.
The air blitz in Syria has badly strained Russia's relations with Turkey, which shot down a Russian warplane at the border with Syria in November.
The latest drills could be part of muscle flexing amid the tensions with Ankara.
They also come at a time when a peace deal intended to end fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine appears to be in jeopardy amid increasingly frequent clashes in recent weeks.
See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. Isaiah 17
With US Secretary of State John Kerry now reportedly 'happy' that Saudi Arabia will be deploying its 'elite' soldiers to Syria as it would allegedly give the US 'a good opportunity to curb Russian influence in the area', Russia has put its military on high alert as shared in the 1st video below from Gary Franchi and the Next News Network.
Such a move by Saudi Arabia would be seen by Syria as a move of aggression against Syria and Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem recently stated that the same 'elite' Saudi soldiers would return to Saudi Arabia only in coffins.
As the Saudis are now showing their support for several different terrorist groups in Syria with the US and particularly president Barack Obama seemingly giving full support to ISIS, are we nearing the point where Hillary Clinton's and Mr. Obama's support of terrorists may end up costing the lives of millions of innocent Americans? Do Obama and Clinton even WANT TO defeat the ISIS terrorists who are threatening to kill us? Why is this administration supporting the same terrorists in Syria and the Middle East who want to kill us added on to the fact that it could lead to war with Russia?
With 'ultimate neocon' Hillary Clinton now completely falling apart at the seams in New Hampshire and nationally and the neocons having lost complete control of the Republican party, we have to ask again, will we even have a general election in November 2016 or will the globalists who have every reason to want to see America fail pull off a World war or massive false flag or real attack upon America that drives the final stake through our Republic's heart?
Gary Franchi takes a look at the news of Russia putting their troops on high alert in the 1st video while the 2nd video below from Prophetic signs gives us a compilation of recent mainstream news media reports that help to show that Syria is becoming the likely battleground for World War 3. Is war what happens when all else fails? Why is it that so few Christian refugees are being admitted to America from Syria and the war-torn Middle East as asked in the final video below from TRUNEWS? Are Americans being set up for a huge fall?