The largest concentration of Russian troops is seen on the eastern border of Ukraine.Russia is building up troops near the borders of Ukraine / photo the foreign
The Russian Federation continues to pull troops to the borders with Ukraine.
Edition of Foreign Policy with reference to an official from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine published the latest map with the location of Russian troops.
Reportedly, the data from this map is used by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense to inform its allies: it shows an analysis of the build-up of Russian military forces near the borders of Ukraine.
The largest concentration of Russian troops is seen on the eastern border of Ukraine: there are about 10 battalion tactical groups.
On the territory of Belarus there are aviation units, a tank battalion and motorized infantry units. In the Kursk region there is a camp with weapons and military equipment.
On the southern borders, a unit with Iskander missile launchers has been deployed to the occupied Crimea.
Also, the Defense Ministry is concerned about the flights of Russian bombers and fighters in Belarus.
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Jim Townsend predicted that Russia could pull up the S-400 air defense batteries to the borders. He also believes that the Russian Federation can use missiles to destroy Ukrainian airports and fighters on the ground.
The Washington Post, citing the statements of its anonymous sources, wrote that Russia has resumed its military build-up on the border with Ukraine. In addition, videos with echelons of military equipment, in particular tanks and missiles, which are being transported to the southern and western regions of Russia, began to appear on social networks. According to the newspaper, the US and Europe drew attention to this after the completion of the Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West-2021”.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine then denied the information spread by The Washington Post that Russia was building up military forces near the Ukrainian border. The data on the movement of Russian troops published in the media were called by the Ministry of Defense “an element of special information and psychological actions, which are, in fact, planned measures within the framework of the movement of troops after the completion of the exercises.”
Later, Politico released fresh satellite photographs , which confirm reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military equipment on the border with Ukraine.
Subsequently, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, in an interview with the Military Times, said that Russia had concentrated 92 thousand troops near the border with Ukraine and was preparing for an invasion in late January – early February 2022.
Recently, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced that Russia has deployed 115,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders .
According to the Financial Times, Western intelligence assumes a “high likelihood of destabilization” of Ukraine by Russia this winter.
Moscow denies accusations of preparing an attack on Ukraine and, on the contrary, points to the intensification of NATO forces near the Russian borders.
At a press conference on November 26, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed the opinion that an escalation on the part of Russia on the border by the militants it supports in Donbas could happen any day.