Satellite images from Google Earth, taken in November of this year, showed hundreds of Russian main battle tanks on a new military base on the outskirts of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov region. Relevant photos were published by Defense Blog.
"A large-scale military base is only 18 kilometers from the border with territory held by insurgents in eastern Ukraine. The images show hundreds of main battle tanks, such as the T-64 and T-62M, while thousands of military trucks, artillery systems, and tankers are also located a little higher, "the publication said.
We recall that in early December, in an interview with Reuters, the commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, showed a series of satellite images in evidence of the deployment of Russian T-62 M tanks 18 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.
According to Muzhenko, since the end of August, Russia is strengthening its forces near the border with Ukraine, and now the military threat from its side is the largest since 2014.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged not to allow the revenge of the pro-Russian forces in Ukraine, so as not to give them a chance to interrupt Ukraine’s movement to the European Union and NATO. The head of state said this at a ceremonial meeting on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Prosvita foundation during a working visit to the Lviv region.
"EU high-ranking officials, leaders of partner countries and allies have repeatedly pointed out that in four years Ukraine came closer to the European Union more than in the previous twenty-three. At the Brussels Summit of NATO this year, all the heads of state and government of the Alliance urged to provide the prospect of membership for Ukraine and Georgia," said the President.