Berlin, Germany – In a significant development, the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) have drafted a detailed defensive strategy for the Suwałki Corridor, codenamed “Alliance Defense 2025,” anticipating a potential escalation in the Ukraine conflict. This extensive war scenario, curiously leaked in its entirety to the newspaper BILD, spans from February 2024 to a critical juncture in the summer of 2025, known as “X-Day.”
What does this war scenario include?
Escalation of Russian Military Activities The scenario begins with Russia mobilizing an additional 200,000 troops by early 2024, significantly intensifying its military presence. By June, Russian forces are expected to have made significant advances against Ukrainian defenses. Simultaneously, the Bundeswehr anticipates Russia will stir tension among the Russian minority in Baltic nations. These conflicts are expected to serve as a pretext for Russia to conduct the Zapad-2024 military exercises in September, involving 50,000 troops across Western Russia and Belarus.
Strategic Developments and NATO Involvement According to the scenario, Russia will redeploy troops and medium-range missiles to Kaliningrad by October 2024, targeting the Suwalki Corridor, a crucial link through Lithuanian territory. This move is expected to coincide with political turmoil in the Baltic states following the U.S. elections. Consequently, in January 2025, leaders of these nations, along with Poland, are predicted to seek NATO intervention in light of the increasing Russian threat.
“X-Day” By May 2025, NATO, guided by the German scenario, is predicted to decide on preemptive measures to prevent a Russian attack on the Suwalki Corridor. On “X-Day,” the NATO supreme commander might issue an order for the mobilization of 300,000 troops on the eastern flank, including 30,000 from the German army.
Analysis and Contextual Interpretation The Bundeswehr, according to BILD and Russian media, considers this scenario unlikely. However, the detailed nature of the leak and its timing suggest that something is being prepared at the headquarters, as is natural in a crisis phase. This leak could serve multiple purposes, such as sensitizing political leadership, informing the public about potential future security challenges in Europe, and sending a message to Moscow from Berlin that it is ready for any eventuality.