Russia transports its military equipment from Siberia and the Far East to regions in the west where it borders Ukraine. Based on its findings, the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) is investigating.
Referring to the material published on the CIT website, the news site Novaya Gazeta and the Ukrinform Agency reported it on Wednesday.
According to Western media and military analysts Moscow has mobilized tens of thousands of its soldiers and hundreds of military equipment in the region in recent months, This raises fears in Kiev and the West that they may be preparations for an invasion of Ukraine.
Last week, CIT analysts found about 30 videos on social networks, indicating the transfer of military and technology from Siberia and the Far East to the western regions of Russia. The videos capture military equipment on the roads, but also at railway stations and westbound platform wagons.
According to CIT, the composition of the transported equipment is quite diverse: “trucks, tankers, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles or Grad and Uragan multiple launch missile systems.
According to CIT, in the video filmed in Novosibirsk, the Tor air defense system or the Šilka air defense system may also be noted.
Besides military equipment, employees also travel in passenger and freight cars. However, it is difficult to determine the exact number of people.
Military personnel and equipment from Buryatia, Zabekalsky District, Amur District, Primorsky District are heading to western Russia. CIT believes that the military equipment belongs to the four army formations of the Eastern Military District (VVO), while the transfer of equipment and people outside the VVO was also recorded – in the cities of Novosibirsk and Kemerovo.
Regarding these transfers, CIT noted that Such activation cannot be justified by domestic military exercises. Therefore, CIT believes that the transferred troops and equipment can join the forces concentrated in the Crimea and in the regions bordering Ukraine.
The new newspaper wrote in its material that the New York Times (New York Times), referring to sources from US intelligence, claims that Russia plans to increase the number of troops near the border with Ukraine to 175,000. According to NYT, the invasion of Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine may begin – due to Weather conditions – in February. Moscow denies these considerations.
Against this background, negotiations on security guarantees began: the Russian and American delegations discussed the issue in Geneva on January 10, and a meeting between the Russia-NATO Council was held in Brussels on Wednesday. A meeting between representatives of Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will take place on January 13 in Vienna.
in this situation On Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that exercises in the Western Military District will be held in the regions bordering Ukraine, with the participation of 3,000 soldiers and 300 pieces of military equipment.
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