The amount of Russian military equipment along the Ukrainian border has dramatically increased, as Viktor Muzhenko, the Head of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, said on air of one of the Ukrainian TV channels.
“The character of the dislocation demonstrates that there might be created relevant offensive groupings soon, and Ukraine is their target. Therefore, we are considering not only one direction – Luhansk and Donetsk regions, it is also about the northeast, north, south borders of Ukraine,” he told.
According to the Head of the General Staff, during “Vostok 2018” drills Russia has moved 300 T-62 tanks from the eastern regions to its base near the Ukrainian border.
He also spoke about the creation of the Russian division consisting of two tanks and two motorized rifled regiments.
“Such divisions are called “Proryv” division. Obviously, the division is being created not for defence actions, but for attacking,” the Head of the General Staff noted.
According to Muzhenko, this division is a part of the 8th general troops army, which is located in Novocherkassk.
“And the most interesting thing is that the two army corps, which are located on the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk and Donetsk are controlled from the 8th general troops army. We see regular formation,” Muzhenko said.
He also said that Russia has increased the number of its vessels in Azov Sea “in almost two times”.
“Russia shows its readiness to increase this grouping as fast as possible. It is about a possible dislocation of vessels in Azov Sea and then, in Black Sea. It is a serious situation, which required our reaction,” Muzhenko said.
He said that according to the intelligence, Russia’s military activity has increased near the Ukrainian border recently.