A satellite image purports to show Russian tanks and armoured personnel carriers amid the presence of a large ground forces deployment in Yelnya, Smolensk Oblast, Russia. Credit: AFP
Tensions have been rising again along the Russian-Ukrainian border, with Kyiv and Washington raising the alarm at what they say is an unusual build-up of Russian troops.
Ukraine’s defence ministry claimed earlier this month that about 90,000 Russian soldiers were stationed near their border and in rebel-controlled areas in Ukraine’s east.
Units of the Russian 41st army have remained in Yelnya, a town 260 kilometres north of the Ukrainian border, according to the ministry.
“What we see is a significant, large Russian military build-up. We see an unusual concentration of troops. And we know that Russia has been willing to use these types of military capabilities before to conduct aggressive actions against Ukraine,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg last week.
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WNU Editor: There are massive Russian military bases all along the Western European/Russian border. To me these Russian military movements is nothing new.
But Washington is on edge …. Russian military buildup puts Washington on edge (The Hill). NATO is on edge …. NATO Summit to Discuss How to Deter Russia, Says Lithuanian Foreign Minister (Reuters). More here …. At NATO, Polish president calls for allied response to Russian troop build-up near Ukraine (Politico). And the Ukraine government is on edge …. Kiev Says Russia Will ‘Pay Dearly’ for Invasion (Moscow times/AFP).