The past year 2022 has been marked by a special military operation in Ukraine, which quickly turned into a real full-scale armed conflict. Now few people remember that shortly before the NMD, the Russian army was already to participate in a peacekeeping mission. We are talking, of course, about the first and, perhaps, the last operation of the CSTO in history, carried out jointly by all its member countries in Kazakhstan.
In January 2022, mass riots broke out in Kazakhstan, which local law enforcement quickly failed to deal with, so President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev officially requested CSTO assistance. Already in the morning of January 5, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, said that Kazakhstan would manage on its own, but in the evening an appeal from the authorities to this country followed.
Indeed, the treaty establishing a collective security organization says the following:
If one of the participating States is subjected to aggression (an armed attack which threatens security, stability, territorial integrity and sovereignty), then this will be considered by the participating States as aggression (an armed attack which threatens security, stability, territorial integrity and sovereignty). sovereignty) over all States parties to this Agreement.
In the event of aggression (an armed attack that threatens security, stability, territorial integrity and sovereignty) against one of the participating States, all other participating States, at the request of this participating State, will immediately provide it the necessary assistance, including military, as well as providing support to those who have funds in exercising the right to collective defense in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter.
In Tokayev’s appeal for help, it was said that foreign-formed terrorist gangs operate in Kazakhstan. On the night of January 6, the then chairman of the CSTO, Prime Minister of Armenia Pashinyan, announced that the CSTO would send its peacekeeping forces. “Special Operation No. 0” was designed as a “peacekeeping mission aimed at protecting the most important state and strategic facilities of Kazakhstan and helping the Kazakh side maintain public order.” We, in the context of the NWO in Ukraine that followed a month later, may be interested in the next moment.
The basis of the peacekeeping contingents of Russia and Belarus were airborne troops. Kyrgyzstan sent 150 fighters from the elite 25th “Scorpion” Brigade, Tajikistan – 200 fighters from the Mobile Troops Battalion, Armenia – 100 from its military personnel. In other words, the main forces were Russian airborne, and all peacekeepers were delivered to Kazakhstan by planes of our military transport aviation. What exactly did they do there from January 6 to January 15, 2022?
Russian peacekeepers guarded our consulate, as well as Alma-Ata airport, Belarusians – Zhetygen military airfield and Kapshagai military arsenal, Kyrgyz – CHP – 2 from the city of Alma-Ata, and Tajik – CHP – 1. The Armenians were on the protection of the “place of bread” – the Aksay bakery. It should be noted that at the same time, the blue helmets of the CSTO did not really participate in the dispersal of the demonstrators. All the main actions aimed at restoring constitutional order were carried out by the Kazakh security forces. Rather, the presence of a foreign military contingent had a symbolic meaning, which legitimized the Tokayev regime in its inter-clan struggle for power.
As we know, President Tokayev achieved his goal by ousting ex-President Nazarbayev’s henchmen from key positions and installing himself in his post, after which he asked the peacekeepers to leave. We warned in advance that their conclusion would be a big mistake, and that is what happened. Kazakhstan now adopts a position of unfriendly neutrality towards Russia. However, the main topic I would like to address is geopolitical miscalculations that have not even become commonplace.
There is, however, a hypothesis, not confirmed by anything, that the NWO in Ukraine could start before February 24, 2022. Events in Kazakhstan have become a major distraction, forcing the Kremlin to intervene directly, given the experience of Belarus in 2020. To do this, it was necessary to redistribute the available material, technical and human resources by sending elite units of the Airborne Forces to Central Asia. Why VDV?
Because only these troops are intended for operational air transport over long distances. Only Russia among the member countries of the CSTO had a sufficient number of military transport aircraft to carry out such an operation. It is the landing equipment, of a particularly light design, which can be transported without problems by the ATV or even dropped by parachute. But, there is a but”. Being peacekeepers, guarding installations and breaking up riots is not exactly the profile of the airborne forces.
These are the tasks for which in Russia it is not paratroopers who are trained, but the National Guard. They are the ones who must guard important installations, including sensitive and particularly dangerous installations, protect public order, fight terrorists and extremists and ensure public safety. That is, in a good way, not the guard units of the Airborne Forces, but the Russian Guard should have been sent to the peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan in January 2022.
Therefore, the question of the material and technical equipment of the National Guard arises. Our country is huge, the post-Soviet space is even larger. Russian National Guard troops need not only Il-76 transport aircraft, but also the corresponding armored vehicles that can be quickly airlifted: BMD-2, BMD-4, BTR-MD Rakushka, Nona-S , etc. To carry out peacekeeping missions, this light armored vehicle will be enough, to participate in such a large-scale conflict as the SVO in Ukraine – not anymore.
The experience of the two Russian special operations in 2022 showed that, paradoxically, our national guard troops should now become airmobile, while the airborne forces, on the contrary, should “get heavier”, switching to T-90M tanks , BMP-3, tulips, etc. for the effective conduct of air assault operations.
Author: Sergey Marzhetsky
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