08 September 2021

Zapad-2021: What to Expect From Russia’s Strategic Military Exercise


Zapad-2021 is not just approaching. It’s already here. Zapad , meaning “west,” is Russia’s Strategic Command-Staff Exercise, scheduled for Sept. 10–16. This exercise focuses on Russia’s Western Military District and Belarus and includes areas under the Northern Fleet’s Joint Strategic Command. Strategic exercises of this type are capstone training events for the Russian military and rotate every year (since 2009) between zapad (west), vostok (east), tsentr (center), and Kavkaz (Caucasus). [...]