Russian troops have reportedly painted masses of their assault vehicles with “invasion stripes” across the Ukrainian border, raising fears of all-out war. Russian President Vladimir Pun also plans to soon have a staggering assault force of 107,000 troops massed on the Ukrainian border, according to reports.
The huge numbers of troops are far more than previously thought and emerged in leaked documents at Daily Mirror which include details of Russian military might involved on the Ukrainian border. A spectator in the Astrakhan region of Russia, 350 miles from the border, filmed a column of armored personnel carriers with a white cross painted on top.
Preparations are in full swing
According to a report in The mirror, Russia is preparing for war and has already started painting “invasion stripes” on its assault vehicles. During the Cold War era, Russian forces painted the cross on their vehicles when facing opponents who also used identical Soviet-made machines in an attempt to avoid friendly fire.
The sighting of these invading bands further heightened concern among military experts who drew attention to similar bands on tanks used by the Soviet Army during the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. According to Ukrainian army estimates, Russia plans to deploy a massive force that includes 1,300 main battle tanks, 3,700 drones, 1,300 artillery and mortar units and 380 multiple rocket launch systems.
The figures are based on intelligence interceptions and satellite photographs as troops and equipment travel hundreds of miles across Russia to congregate around its neighbor.
Although at present this rudimentary identification renders it unnecessary, since warfare in modern times is more dependent on technology, “invasion bands” could be designed to intimidate adversaries or boost morale. troops.
Moscow has claimed it has no plans to invade and is only carrying out military exercises, but yesterday’s footage in Astrakhan is definitely a cause for concern. The massive number of troops alone is at least 35,000 more Russian frontline troops than the entire British military as a result of the defense cuts, reported the Mirror.
The tension is growing
The shocking revelations come as Ukraine accused Russia of planning to stockpile nuclear weapons in Crimea amid escalating tensions in the region, as the first of two US warships was due to arrive during exercises Russian Navy live fire.
However, things appear to have changed in the past two days after Ukraine’s Defense Minister Andrii Taran warned on Tuesday that Moscow could attack to secure water supply to the annexed peninsula, further increasing tension. As a result, the United States last night canceled the deployment of the two warships in the Black Sea that were due to arrive to show support for Ukraine.
The U.S. Embassy in Ankara informed Turkey’s Foreign Ministry of the decision, Turkish diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, but did not provide a reason why they were no longer sending their ships.
In addition, Russia’s latest position has further heightened the concerns of defense experts after giant robots appeared in the pro-Russian city of Donetsk. These giant robots are believed to be the work of a local artist, but the intention remains unclear.
Russian state television on Wednesday showed two missile ships, the Graivoron and the Vyshny Volochek, participating in sea level and aerial gunnery exercises alongside a missile hovercraft, frigate and a mine clearance vessel. The Graivoron and Vyshny Volochek are Buyan-M-class missile corvettes and are armed with 100mm naval cannons, anti-ship cruise missile launchers, anti-aircraft cruise missile launchers and anti-aircraft equipment. -submarine. Naturally, Russia does not want any American intervention in the Black Sea and this exercise is another signal.
In addition, Russia deployed its military forces ahead of an anniversary parade scheduled for May 9 to commemorate its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. The parade, now in its 76th year, is held in memory of the 20 million Soviet lives lost in World War II.