Russia war fears explode – Putin readies 10,000 troops at border for TEN-pronged attack

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The head of Ukraine’s defence intelligence agency, commander Kyrylo Budanov, described a possible Russian attack on his country involving approximately 100,000 soldiers. Brigadier General Budanov explained the invasion would involve airstrikes and artillery bombardments. The invasion would start with an assault on Ukrainian positions from the air.

The Military Times reported that this attack would involve up to 3,500 Russian paratroopers and special forces.

A mass assault at ten points along the Ukrainian border would follow.

There would then be amphibious landings at the Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Mariupol.

In intelligence models, Russia would be joined in its attack by troops from Belarus.

Russia has branded the latest Ukrainian intelligence report as “hysterical”.

However, Ukrainian intelligence suggest that Russia has deployed 40 “battalion tactical groups” (BTGS) to the border with Ukraine.

BTGs are large formations of troops, armour, air forces and artillery.

These military units are designated specific missions by the Russian Army.

The key directive for these units is the full scale invasion of Ukraine.

An intelligence map released by Ukraine also lists Russia as having 94,000 troops, 1,200 tanks, 1,600 pieces of the artillery, 330 aircraft, 75 warships and six submarines along the border.

Brigadier General Budanov warned the conflict would be far more devastating than anything seen in the last seven years of conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Ukrainian intelligence believes Russia may be preparing for an attack by the end of January.

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Brigadier General Budanov dismissed suggestions the Vladimir Putin would be put off by the wintery conditions at the beginning of 2022.

However he added “it is no problem for us and the Russians”.

At present Ukraine is observing Russian troop movements along its border.

Kyiv warns that weapons are massing near the border, including short range missile systems.

Last week US defence secretary Lloyd Austin met with his Ukrainian counterpart and spoke of the “troubling behaviour” from Russia.

He said: “We are not sure exactly what Mr. Putin is up to.

“But these movements certainly have our attention.

“And I would urge Russia to be more transparent about what they are up to take steps to live up to the Minsk agreements.

“Our support for Ukraine sovereignty territorial integrity remains unwavering.”

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