Author: David Batashvili, Research Fellow at the Rondeli Foundation

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Geostrategic Activities

War in Ukraine – One Ukrainian military service member was killed and five were wounded by the Russian hybrid forces on the Donbas frontline during the week of 30 August-5 September 2021.

War in Syria – Russian air force conducted strikes in the Syrian rebel-held Idlib region every day in the period of 1-5 September 2021.

Russian air strike in Syria, 5 September 2021

On 3 September 2021, two fighters from Turkey (stationed in Poland) intercepted a pair of Russian Su-24 attack aircraft over the Baltic Sea. Turkish planes were stationed in the Baltic region as a part of the NATO air policing mission.


Rearmament and Modernization

Russians plan to “seriously renew” armaments of the 7th Military Base (mechanized brigade in Gudauta, occupied Abkhazia, Georgia). New weapons are to include modernized BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, UAVs and AK-12 assault rifles.



Troops from Russia and Kazakhstan held a joint exercise in Tyva Republic. Russia was represented in the exercise by the 55th Mechanized (Mountain) Brigade (Kyzyl, Tyva Republic) of the 41st Army (HQ in Novosibirsk).

500 Russian troops of the 7th Military Base (mechanized brigade in Gudauta, occupied Abkhazia, Georgia) held an artillery exercise also involving UAVs.


Arms Exports

Russia has completed deliveries of upgraded 2S3M2 Akatsiya 152.4 mm self-propelled guns to Belarus.

Akatsiya guns


*The weekly number of exercises in the Russian armed forces is very large. Therefore, all cannot be included in this digest. The exercises that are included are selected by the author for their strategic significance, particularly large scale, involvement of numerous units and locations, and/or involvement of other nations’ territories under the Russian occupation.