Russia has deployed a missile brigade with 12 Iskander-M missile systems 250 km away from the Ukrainian border. These missiles may have nuclear warheads set on them. Defense Ministry representative Oleksiy Chornobai said as Unian reports.
On December 11, 2018, Fox News reported that Russia had deployed Iskander missile launchers in Krasnodar, providing satellite images.
"A missile brigade was deployed in the area of Krasnodar (250 km away from the border with Ukraine), armed with Iskander-M missile systems (12 launchers)," the Defense Ministry of Ukraine said.
Iskander-M is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads; its effective range makes 310 miles.
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 Kyiv 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.