The conflict in Ukraine has had a major impact on Russian military training. Since 2014, even before the invasion in 2022, the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has caused the cancellation of numerous joint exercises and disrupted military cooperation between the two countries. This disruption has led to difficulties in maintaining readiness for Ukraine and its neighbor, Russia. As a result, both militaries have been forced to adjust their training regimes to ensure that they remain ready to respond when called upon. The effects of this disruption will likely continue into the future as tensions between Ukraine and Russia remain high.

With this, Britain’s Defense Ministry (MOD) has reported that the “severely dislocated the Russian military’s training system – instructors have largely been deployed in Ukraine.”

On Friday, the ministry tweeted that there is a high probability that Russia has transferred more than 1,000 soldiers from the Obuz-Lesnovsky training area in the southwest of Belarus. However, Russia still needs to take apart the tented camp utilized for training, indicating that they might be contemplating carrying on the instruction program through the less experienced Belarusian forces.

“The fact Russia has resorted to training its personnel under the much less-experienced Belarusian army highlights how Russia’s ‘special military operation’ has severely dislocated the Russian military’s training system –instructors have largely been deployed in Ukraine,” the ministry said in its daily summary.

The Russian military has a long and storied history of being one of the world’s harshest and strictest military forces. Although, for years, it was viewed as an elite institution that took pride in its discipline and rigor—years of training instilled a sense of obligation to the state and patriotism among soldiers.

However, these tactics were tested when Russian forces invaded Ukraine last year. Poor intelligence planning and ambiguous objectives caused chaos amongst Russian troops, leading to confusion and disorganization on multiple fronts. This situation weakened morale among Russian soldiers while undermining their adherence to Moscow’s orders–something previously rooted deeply within them due to years of harsh training regimes.

This disruption is still being felt this weekend, as the conflict in Ukraine continues to hinder Russian military training. With no end in sight, it is still being determined when the situation will be resolved and if Russian forces will ever return to their strict regimen of past years.