Satellite images have revealed huge new camps of Russian troops, tanks and artillery near the Ukrainian border as continues massing his forces on Europe’s doorstep amid warnings he could invade within weeks.
Newly-published images document at least three camps housing seven battalions of troops near at Yelnya and Pogonovo, between 100 and 150 miles from the border, which analysts say have arrived in the last month.
More images taken from Russian-occupied Crimea shows what appears to be dozens of tanks and artillery pieces parked on a base at Novoozerne, around 80 miles from the border, which have also arrived in recent weeks.
The pictures were released off the back of a leaked US intelligence report that warned there are now 50 Russian battalions at the border with another 50 being rapidly assembled in reserve, meaning Putin will be ready to launch an invasion using up to 175,000 soldiers some time early next year.
The Kremlin today called the state of US-Russia relations ‘quite lamentable’ on the eve of a video call between Putin and Joe Biden which is aimed at defusing the hostility.
Tensions along Europe’s eastern border have been simmering since Putin annexed Crimea back in 2014, unique proxy scraper and have been threatening to boil over ever since Moscow began massing forces in the region starting in April this year.
Russia now has 50 battalions comprising up to 94,000 troops stationed on the Ukrainian border with another 80,000 — 100,000 sitting in reserve and will be ready to invade within weeks, the US has warned
A camp containing five battalions of Russian troops is pictured near Yelna, 150 miles from Ukraine’s border, within the last month as US intelligence warns Putin now has 50 battalions camped out on Europe’s doorstep
Another view of the newly-built Russian military camp near Yelna, as US intelligence claims that Putin will be ready to invade Ukraine with an army of 175,000 men within weeks
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