BOGUCHAR, Russia (Reuters) – Russia is planning a second major military base near the border with Ukraine, where NATO accuses Russian troops of helping pro-Moscow separatists fight Kiev’s forces.
The new base will house 5,000 soldiers and heavy weaponry, according to public documents and people working at the site.
It is further east than one under construction in Belgorod region reported by Reuters earlier this month but still close to the border with separatist-held parts of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region, where there has been heavy fighting.
The bases are part of a Russian military buildup along a new line of confrontation with the West, running from the Black Sea in the south to the Baltic in the north, which carries echoes of the Cold War-era “Iron Curtain”.
Russia has also increased its military presence in Syria.
Moscow had annexed Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula a month earlier but denies having any troops in eastern Ukraine.
The documents show the Russian defense ministry intends to turn an old military depot in the town of Boguchar, in Voronezh region, into a major base with dozens of buildings and special facilities for more than 1,300 armored vehicles and ammunition.
At the Boguchar depot, a soldier said some had already arrived. “The guys from Nizhny Novgorod are already here,” he said, declining to give his name.
Guards would not allow the reporter to enter the depot, and the officer in charge there refused to speak to Reuters.
Full article: Russia Plans Second Big Military Base Near Ukrainian Border (Washington Free Beacon)