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The US deployed a whole division near Russia’s borders in the Baltics

Summary of Disinformation

“Amid the hysteria over Russia’s planned military incursion straight after the Zapad-2017 drills, the 2nd armored division of the US arrived quietly in Poland and was deployed there [Boleslawiec, Drawsko Pomorskie, Torun, Skwierzyna, Zagan] also with its armored vehicles… Contrary to the NATO and the US statements about the “insignificance” of the troops being pulled towards the Russian border, there is now a de facto US Armed Forces division, not a brigade”.


The United States deployed a Brigade Combat Team, not a division. The difference is significant. A brigade typically consists of 1,500 to 3,500 soldiers, whereas a division ranges between 10,000 to 15,000. While the difference may be obscure to civilians, Konashenkov is a major general in the Russian army and is unlikely to have made such a mistake by accident. Read more at DFRLab.

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Reported in: Issue 84
Date: 12.10.2017
Language: Russian
Country: US, Poland
Keywords: EFP, US, NATO, Baltic states
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: RIA Novosti
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