Anatoliy Serdyukov conducted another extramural Defense Ministry collegium today, this time in Rostov-na-Donu, and the new Southern Military District (MD).
RIA Novosti quoted a spokeswoman who said:
“Participants in the session are reviewing issues concerning formation of the YuVO. In particular, they will review questions about optimizing the deployment of formations and military units on the district’s territory, work with personnel, medical and housing support for servicemen, and also preparations for the heating season.”
So, they’re talking about possibly moving some brigades or regiments to better locations, and probably about who will command some of them.
The YuVO began operations in its new composition on 1 October.
According to ITAR-TASS, Serdyukov spoke of the ‘doubling’ of the ‘potential’ of the armed forces in the south with the establishment of the new district, but added this isn’t connected with the army’s counterterrorism missions in the region.
One would like to know how that ‘doubling’ was calculated since the MD’s ground units haven’t changed.
The Southern MD, or Unified Strategic Command (OSK) ‘South’ encompasses not only the former SKVO, but also the Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla.