A major military-political scandal is being discussed in Poland. The Winter 2020 staff exercise, in which several thousand officers took part, ended in spectacular disgrace. The simulation showed that in just five days, the war on the eastern flank of the country (the border with Russia and Belarus) was lost, and the Polish army ceased to exist.
Staff exercises "Winter-2020" were held at the Polish Academy of Military Arts, the process was personally monitored by the President of the country Andrzej Duda and the head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak. But something went wrong.
First of all, as the journalists of the publication Interia found out, the modeling took into account new weapons systems ordered by Poland, but not yet delivered to the United States — these are Patriot anti-aircraft systems, HIMARS rocket artillery and the F-35 multi-purpose aircraft. Poland's defense was concentrated in the North-Eastern flank, near the border with Russia (Kaliningrad oblast), Belarus.
"The fierce defense of the east of Poland led to the defeat of the units located there and huge losses. On the fifth day of the virtual conflict, the enemy reached the Vistula. On the fourth day, Warsaw was surrounded. Strategic ports were blocked or occupied. The air force and navy ceased to exist, despite the support of NATO. To the east of the Vistula, the Polish units suffered a crushing defeat. The first-line battalions lost from 60 to 80 percent of their manpower and equipment, " the portal describes the results of the exercises.
The Office of the President and the Ministry of Defense declined to comment on this information, citing the secrecy of the exercises.
"The commanders of individual units were in shock, they refused to carry out some orders, because they were simply incomprehensible to them," Super Express reported some details of the conflict inside the Polish Defense Ministry.
After the scandal was made public, Defense Minister Blaszczak diplomatically stated: "To achieve perfection, you need to train."
Polish political scientist Tomasz Jankowski, commenting on the failure of the Winter 2020 exercises, believes that " the current situation is such that only a madman and / or a suicide can maintain Poland's military ties with the West."
"Finding common ground that is beneficial for both sides and building good relations with Moscow is no longer a "Russophile dream", but an urgent task facing the Republic of Poland, " Eadaily quotes Jankowski.