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The Pentagon: 40% of the Russian forces on the border of Ukraine are in an offensive position


Washington (AFP) – February 19, 2022. 12:45

The Pentagon confirms that 40% of the Russian forces are located on the borders of Ukraine

  • The stage of Russian-led destabilization in this country “began”.
  • The United States estimates the number of Russian forces deployed
  • The number of Russian forces deployed in northern, eastern and southern Ukraine is more than 150 thousand

Announced official in The Pentagon Friday that more than 40% of the Russian forces massed on the border Ukraine It took an offensive position, noting that the stage of destabilization led by Russia “has begun” in this country.

Between 40% and 50% of the forces have taken an “offensive position.. They have been deployed at tactical assembly points in the past 48 hours.”

Pentagon official

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the United States, which estimates the number of Russian forces currently deployed in northern, eastern and southern Ukraine at more than 150,000, has monitored since Wednesday the movements of Russian forces towards the border.
He added in front of reporters that “between 40% and 50%” of these forces took an “offensive posture (…) they were deployed in tactical assembly points in the past 48 hours.”
Tactical assembly points are areas close to the front line where a military unit must congregate before launching an attack.
The official said that on Friday Moscow had 125 military battalions near the Ukrainian border, compared to 60 in normal times and 80 in early February.

He noted that the high frequency of clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, and the inflammatory statements made by the Kremlin and pro-Russian separatist leaders regarding the situation in the Russian-speaking Donbass and Lugansk regions, corresponded to the “current destabilization campaign in Ukraine.”
Washington has been warning for weeks that Russia will fabricate an incident on the Ukrainian border to justify an invasion of its neighbour, which Moscow denies.

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