The command of the Russian occupation forces is increasing the number of heavy weapons and sniper duos near the line of contact, as well as holding exercises to train mercenaries.
This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense with reference to information available at the Main Intelligence Directorate, Ukrinform wrote.
“The Russian Federation continues its efforts to prevent stabilization in the area of operation of the joint forces. To this end, the command of the operational group of the Russian occupation forces reinforces the units located near the line of contact in certain areas with more 122mm autonomous guns, propelled artillery, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles in violation of heavy weapons withdrawal agreements,” the statement said.
It should also be noted that along the front line, the enemy increased the number of combat-ready sniper duos to inflict casualties on JF soldiers, destroy CCTV elements and provoke fire of retaliation. Snipers of formations and units of the 1st (Donetsk) and 2nd (Luhansk) army corps, which are not involved in combat missions, undergo training under the supervision of the Russian army.
As Ukrinform reported earlier, The Washington Post wrote, citing a US intelligence document, that satellite imagery showed 70,000 Russian troops massed in three locations near the Ukrainian border and in occupied Crimea. A total of 50 tactical combat groups, as well as tanks and artillery, were deployed in these areas.
Last Friday, US President Joe Biden said his administration was preparing a series of initiatives aimed at deterring Russian aggression.
On December 5, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, speaking on Estonian television, said that the number of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border would increase further to 175,000.
Earlier, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States had made it clear to the Kremlin that it would respond decisively, including with a series of “high impact” economic measures that had not been implemented. before if Moscow invaded Ukraine.
He refrained from specifying the exact sanctions in question, but one of them could be the disconnection of Russia from the international payment system SWIFT.
In April, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for Russia to be barred from SWIFT if its troops invade Ukraine.