Can Russia Invade Europe? Russia vs United States - Military 1 day ago   10:02

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if Russia was to invade Europe, how would it do it and could it do it at all?

In 2017, Russia conducted a series of military exercises known as Zapad, or “exercise West”. With their roots in the Soviet Union, Zapad military exercises have traditionally been shows of force, meant to let NATO know that Russia was willing and ready to fight. Despite assurances that Russia's 2017 Zapad exercises were nothing more than preparations for counter-terror operations, an exercise that was supposed to feature only 10,000 personnel turned into a 100,000 strong mock-invasion of eastern Europe with one clear message: Russia's military might is back. Today, we look into a very scary scenario, in this episode of The Infographics Show, Can Russia really invade Europe?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia's military severely atrophied, and despite remaining a sizable force its readiness and capabilities were all but defunct. . After such an embarrassing performance, Vladimir Putin vowed to improve the readiness and capabilities of the Russian military, culminating in a ten-year modernization push that has yielded huge results. While still mostly a conscript army, Russia's military is seeing a huge expansion in the size of its volunteer forces- an important development given the drastically better performance and morale of an all-volunteer military force such as the US' versus a conscripted force. New battle tanks and fighter aircraft have also dramatically improved its capabilities both on the air and on the ground, and while its fleets remain a glaring weakness, they would ultimately have limited use in a European battle. Russia has also dramatically improved its logistical capabilities, something that it has historically struggled with even under the former Soviet Union. Heavy road transport units for ferrying armor to the front lines via road networks has reduced Russia's reliance on rail transport to get its tanks to the front lines, with rail lines being a natural first target for NATO bombardment. Russia has also doubled down on the one area it has traditionally outperformed NATO in, ground-based anti-air platforms. The introduction of the S-400 and the future deployment of the S-500 anti-air defense system has given NATO planners serious concerns, and with a range of up to 250 miles (400 kilometers), a single battery of S-400 units can threaten large swathes of a European battlefield. Russia has also invested heavily into modernizing its non-strategic nuclear forces, outpacing even the US in this arena.


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I see we have a great, knowledgeable audience here 👍I love reading your comments which elaborate even further from our infographics! Do you think history was a good enough teacher to not let it happen again? Furthermore can you think of a better purpose to harness all means (money, manpower, science, technological advances) that are usually used in war?
Alex
No - because of America. ;3
Satya Abbydharda
Ok, this is so interesting.... But i was thinking

Can Indonesia invade Europe and What happen if Indonesia invade Europe?
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Invade? Yes. Successfuly? No
Proud Racist
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I would rather be invadet by Russia than ISIS.
Igy Pop
Russia needs EU like it needs a bullet hole in the head.
gerryjtierney
Why would Russia do any such thing? Russia is a state concerned with its own defence, not aggression.
Em Hunter
No
Ahmed Sarhan
Sure it can .... it doesn’t worth to ask actually
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GUENDOUR ILYES
But why Russia would invade Europe they already have enough land, I don't think Russia will do that I think Russia develope their amry just to defend their self against NATO cuz NATO has being approaching to Russian lands and they feel threaten about that
Emolga Info Productions
They can "invade" Europe, if Russia were to go crazy.
naiyl giovani
Russia : I finally conquer Europe!
Switzerland : Hold my beer.....
John Palmer
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KADAGISHVILI GIORGI
I am from georgia and 20% of my country is occupaied by russia
Truesay Mahoney
1 thing I notice is the size of Russia ,If they had all their main force attacking Europe (they are well defended it is their area so Russia will need more to deal with less) Europe could just flank around and hit Russia on the other side forcing them to divide their force.
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Let me remind you who won in Syria. It was Russia 🇷🇺 🇷🇺
FABULOUS DINOCO 95
Nope
Hat Man
1:01 why tf Georgians are depicted as Muslim fighters?
Melvin McCoy
Russia needs China to overwhelm the European nations.... They cannot take all the countries without them banding together and with the us backing them it's truly not possible...
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