According to intelligence data, in early November, about 90,000 Russian soldiers were stationed near the Ukrainian border, as well as in the temporarily occupied areas of the Crimea and the Donetsk Basin, writes the Ukrainian news portal Pravda.
The newspaper, citing a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense, said that reports from Ukrainian intelligence agencies gave a unanimous view of the situation. According to its General Directorate of Intelligence, since the beginning of November, about 90 thousand soldiers have been stationed near the Ukrainian border and in areas temporarily occupied by Russia.
The ministry explained, in a statement published on its website, that these forces include soldiers from Operations 8 and 20 from the Southern and Western Military Districts, as well as troops and assets from the Russian Black Sea Fleet. In addition, separate units and units of the Russian Air Force and Air Defense are stationed near the Ukrainian border. In the temporarily occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the Russian occupation forces deployed two corps.
The ministry noted that in the second half of the year, near the Ukrainian border, the command of the Russian Armed Forces conducted a large-scale command and staff exercise in which the southern and western military forces, some units and subdivisions of the Central Military District and the Airborne Forces participated. .
After the completion of operational and combat training measures, units and subunits of the Central Military District remained in the European part of Russia, including the Zhelnya district of the Smolensk region, in the Smolensk region, about 260 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.
Ministry said. They also added that Russia sometimes throws military units into Ukrainian territory, and withdraws its forces near the borders of the Ukrainian state in order to maintain tensions in the region and to exert political pressure on neighboring countries.
The Ukrainian news portal Pravda reported that in recent days, the American newspaper Washington Post was the first to report that Russia, as in the spring, again carried out large-scale mergers of forces on the borders of Ukraine. Politico news portal published satellite images allegedly taken on November 1, which testify that Russia is again refocusing troops and military equipment near the Ukrainian border. On Tuesday, however Alexei Danielov, The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) refuted and described these press releases as misinformation. The Defense Department announcement is a sharp turnaround by comparison.
Alexander PavljukThe commander of the Ukrainian joint forces fights in the Donetsk Basin on Tuesday Nolan Peterson In a statement to a journalist and an American military expert, he stressed that the Ukrainian forces are ready for the possibility that Russia will exacerbate the armed conflict in the region.
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