Russia re-establishes tank army near Moscow

Russian tanks drive through Tskhinvali, the regional capital of Georgia's breakaway province of South Ossetia, moving to the Russian border, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008. Georgia has severed diplomatic ties with Moscow to protest the presence of Russian troops on its territory, and its president cast the far-confrontation over his country's fate as "a fight between the civilized and the uncivilized worlds." (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly re-established the 1st Tank Army with its headquarters at Bakovka, southwest of Moscow. The army withdrew from Germany in 1992 and disbanded in 1999.

The Moscow-based Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies reported this information on 1 June. It published a photograph of a sign at the entrance to the Kalininets-based 2nd Taman Motorised Rifle Division indicating its subordination to the re-created tank army.

On 2 June, business daily Vedomosti reported that an officer from a division falling under the tank army and a MoD officer confirmed this information. The Tank Army was reportedly reformed on 13 November 2014.

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