Turchynov: Russian troops, militants prepare for aggressive actions against Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Kremlin checks combat readiness of Russian troops at land, air and sea, official said
21:29, 9 February 2016

112 Agency

Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and Kremlin-backed militants are preparing for aggressive military actions against Ukraine. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Olexandr Turchynov said this on Tuesday briefing in Kyiv.

The official reminded that on February 8, a large-scale check of combat readiness of Russian army started – under the presidential decree of the country’s leader Putin. As 112 International reported, Russian airborne troops and aircraft of two military districts participate in the drills. According to Turchynov, the true purpose of the check is to estimate the level of organization and combat use of army units. The check, according to the official’s message, includes deployment of troops at large distances (up to 3 thousand kilometres) by air and railroad and protection of important military objects.

The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council added that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and Caspian flotilla simultaneously commenced drills in the waters of Black and Capsian Seas.

“All these exercises take place rather close to the eastern borders of our country, which is a direct threat to the national security”, Turchynov concluded.  

Related: Russia carries out operability test in Southern Military District

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