Russia's defense ministry went for another act of intimidation, placing a medium-range missile launcher not far from the state border with Ukraine.
'The intelligence report by Imagesat International showed the new deployment in Krasnodar, 270 miles from the border with Ukraine. The images show an Iskander compound, with a few bunkers and another compound of hangars', reads the message as posted on the Fox News's website.
Iskander-M is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads; its effective range makes 310 miles.
The U.S. outlet mentions leader of Russia's security council Nikolai Patrushev who earlier said Ukraine could 'lose its statehood' amidst the ongoing political and military tensions. He accused Ukrainian authorities, including president Petro Poroshenko, of being “controlled” by the US amid simmering tensions between Kiev and Moscow. "The continuation of such policy by the Kiev authorities can contribute to the loss of Ukraine’s statehood," Mr Patrushev told Rossiyskaya Gazeta, according to Russian news agency TASS.
“The Kiev authorities are doing everything to split Ukraine, implementing the West’s scenario to break Ukraine away from Russia, while ignoring the interests of its own people. As a result, the country has been de facto split,” he concluded.