Yeah, I tend to agree with you guys. I think adding that IC in the Ukraine is going to prove more detrimental to Russia than to the Axis. While it may help Russia get troops to the front a little quicker, especially infantry, once Germany attacks Russia, it won’t take them long to get to that IC and if Russia doesn’t have sufficient force to take it back, then Germany has a nice IC to build up troops right in Russia’s front yard. Easy to take Stalingrad. Then Germany has 2 ICs to build up more units for the final push into Moscow, 3 if you figure they have taken Leningrad by this time.
I’m betting that Larry put this in to speed the Russian game up. If Germany takes 2 of the minor ICs around Moscow, that’s half the reinforcements needed to keep on pushing to Moscow. If Germany takes 3 minor ICs, then Russia’s pretty much down to producing INF in Moscow anyway, and Germany will probably be outproducing them even from the 3 minor ICs, making it a matter of a few turns before Moscow falls.
Could also work in the same manner for the Reds if they’re doing well on their front, making reinforcements on the front line. A good idea, and it saves Germany $12.