Russian army massing troops and combat vehicles near its borders with Ukraine 1303144

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Defence & Security News - Ukraine

 
 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 01:23 PM
 
Russian army massing troops and combat vehicles near its borders with Ukraine.
According a news from Daily mail website, March 12, 2014, Russian army has massed 80,000 soldiers, main battle tanks and armoured vehicles personnel carrier on its borders with Ukraine. A senior security chief in Kiev said Moscow could launch a full-scale invasion and Russian troops would be in the Ukrainian capital within ‘two or three hours’ of the order to advance.
     
According a news from Daily mail website, March 12, 2014, Russian army has massed 80,000 soldiers, main battle tanks and armoured vehicles personnel carrier on its borders with Ukraine. A senior security chief in Kiev said Moscow could launch a full-scale invasion and Russian troops would be in the Ukrainian capital within ‘two or three hours’ of the order to advance
Russian army armoured vehicles near Rostov in Russia
     

Photographs of Russian tanks and armoured personnel carriers close to Ukraine’s borders added to tensions.

Last night senior British officials told the Mail they had received reports about Russian troops massing on the border since Tuesday and were concerned by the show of force.

Mr Parubiy, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, claimed the forces massing included ‘over 80,000 personnel, up to 270 tanks, 180 armoured vehicles, 380 artillery systems, 18 multiple-launch missile systems, 140 combat aircraft, 90 combat helicopters and 19 warships and cutters’.

Pictures of Russian armoured vehicles on the move in regions close to the Ukrainian border – said to have been taken on Monday – include motorised infantry vehicles and tanks. The military movements are also said to include Grad BM-21 multiple rocket launch vehicles.

     
According a news from Daily mail website, March 12, 2014, Russian army has massed 80,000 soldiers, main battle tanks and armoured vehicles personnel carrier on its borders with Ukraine. A senior security chief in Kiev said Moscow could launch a full-scale invasion and Russian troops would be in the Ukrainian capital within ‘two or three hours’ of the order to advance
Screenshot video of Russian main battle tanks T-72B3 in the streets of Rostov, which is around 105 miles from Mariupol, on the Azov Sea, in Ukraine's Donetsk region
     
A driver travelling from the Donetsk region in Ukraine to the Rostov-on-Don region in Russia filmed one column, several miles long, heading towards the border.

Russian main battle tanks have also been pictured being carried by rail in Belgorod, and are reported to be in a village 12 miles from the border.

The moves come as the Russian armed forces have announced a separate huge military exercise by its airborne troops. The three-day exercise ordered by Putin involves a vast ‘landing operation’ by 4,000 paratroopers.
     

Russian and Ukraine movement of troops (March 13, 2014)

 

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