Russia is in the process of building a military base close to its border with Ukraine, according to a report Tuesday.
A Reuters reporter who visited the Russian town of Klintsy, about 50 km (30 miles) from Ukraine, saw a makeshift army camp, large numbers of newly-arrived servicemen and military vehicles. Two soldiers in camouflage gear who were manning a checkpoint in a forest turned the reporter away, saying they were guarding a “special military site.” Last year, Reuters also reported on construction of two other bases further to the south on Russia’s border with Ukraine. The defense ministry has not acknowledged the deployment of troops to Klintsy, which usually serves as a stop for truck drivers traveling between Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
A town official in Klintsy told Reuters that approximately 240 soldiers had arrived to serve in the new division based there. “What’s to hide? That they’ve come? They’ve arrived,” council deputy chairman Oleg Kletny stated. “They’re going to be garrisoned here.”
Military vehicles, tents, and multiple service members were reportedly seen in the town on Monday. Kletny told Reuters that the troops began arriving in the town on May 30.
The apparent construction of the army base is the latest evidence of Russia bolstering its military capabilities in the region in an effort to counter NATO’s increased military exercises and deployments in eastern Europe in response to Russian intervention in Ukraine.
Last month, Russian officials announced that the country would establish three new military divisions in the face of proposed NATO buildup in the Baltics. The divisions would reportedly each include about 10,000 soldiers.
Full article: Report: Russia Building Military Base Near Border With Ukraine (Washington Free Beacon)