April 10, 2014
NATO presented satellite photographs on Thursday it said showed Russian deployments of 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian frontier along with tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery and aircraft ready for action.
“This is a force that is very capable, at high readiness, and, as we have illustrated through the imagery, is close to routes and lines of communication,” British Brigadier Gary Deakin said at a briefing at NATO military headquarters at Mons in southern Belgium.
“It has the resources to be able to move quickly into Ukraine if it was ordered to do so,” he said.
If Russian political leaders took a decision to send forces into Ukraine, the first Russian forces could be on the move within 12 hours.
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