Russia’s military reforms respond to NATO’s expansion, Ukraine -chief of general staff

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By Lidia Kelly (Reuters) – Russia’s new military reforms respond to possible NATO expansion and the use of Kyiv by the “collective West” to wage a hybrid war against Russia, the newly appointed general in charge of Russia’s military operations in Ukraine said. Valery Gerasimov, in his first public comments since his Jan. 11 appointment to the role, admitted also to problems with the mobilisation of troops, after public criticism forced President Vladimir Putin to reprimand the military. The military reforms, announced mid-January, have been approved by Putin and can be adjusted to respond to t…

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