Ready for WW3? Russia moves 8,000 troops and 50 planes as Putin braces for North Korea war

Monday, July 31, 2017
By Paul Martin

VLADIMIR Putin is preparing 8,000 troops, 50 warplanes and 3,000 pieces of military kit for war amid fears the US may invade North Korea.

By Joshua Nevett
31st July 2017

Russia held the massive “combat readiness check” of its Eastern Military District as global tensions continue to flare over the North Korea crisis.

The huge military drill took place in Russia’s eastern Transbaikal region – around 3,000km (1,300miles) from its border with North Korea.

Putin fears the US may launch military action against the communist state after it tested another intercontinental ballistic missile last week.

The international community reacted with fury to the test, with the US accusing Russia of bearing “unique and special responsibility” for North Korea.

Now it appears the Russian President is preparing his eastern military for a conflict in the event it kicks off on the Korean peninsula.

Putin made a similar move earlier this year when he sent soldiers to Russia’s border with North Korea in anticipation of a bust-up.

In a statement, the Russian Defence Ministry said: “During the combat readiness check, the personnel of one of the motor-rifle units of the combined-arms army deployed to the Transbaikal region marched for 150 kilometers and crossed the Onon River.

“During the march, Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters covered military hardware.”

In a phone conversation with Trump today, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Russia to “increase pressure” on North Korea.

Speaking in Tokyo he said: “We have made consistent efforts to resolve the North Korean problem in a peaceful manner, but North Korea has ignored that entirely and escalated the situation in a one-sided way.

“The international community, starting with China and Russia, must take this obvious fact seriously and increase pressure.”

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