Russian officials, beginning with President Vladimir Putin, have intensified their rhetoric in recent months, attacking Ukraine’s Western ties and even questioning its sovereignty. Putin has warned that any expansion of NATO’s military infrastructure in Ukraine is a “red line” for Moscow.
The resumption of Russian troop deployment near the border with Ukraine has caused concern among officials in the United States and Europe, who monitor irregular movements of equipment and personnel. This was reported by The Washington Post.
Michael Coffman, director of the CNA think tank in Russia says that satellite imagery indicates the possible relocation of Russia’s 1st Guards Tank Army to the border with Ukraine.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov stated that after the West 2021 exercise, Russia left military equipment, as well as control and communication centers at training grounds along the Ukrainian border.
The Central Intelligence Agency of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine informs that the number of Russian troops deployed around the Ukrainian border is about 80,000 – 90,000 people, not counting the tens of thousands stationed in the Crimea.