RUSSIA is reportedly deploying ballistic missiles and teams of snipers to its border with Ukraine amid warnings of “a huge war” in Europe.
Missile launchers have been spotted moving west as the Kremlin said the tense stand-off between Moscow and the West over Ucrânia had reached an “extremely dangerous” phase.
Videos appeared to show Iskander-M launchers being transported by train towards the border while other footage has emerged showing teams of snipers reportedly near the conflict zone.
This comes as the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, Andrij Melnyk, warned Europe faced the risk of “a huge war, the worst since 1945” and insisted Ukraine had “a sacred right to self-defence”.
Mr Melnyk also pleaded with Germany to supply his country with arms to deter Rússia from invading.
enquanto isso, Russian sniper drills involving 100 servicemen were held at Kadamovsky training ground, algum 37 miles from the Ukraine border.
Special forces conducted drills using Arbalet-2 and Malva guided parachute systems in the Tambov region
This follows live-fire tank training at Mulino in Nizhny Novgorod region at a time when
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Mais do que 300 servicemen were involved in these special tactical exercises.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin was reported to have amassed more than 100,000 troops and heavy military equipment close to the border.
But Russia has repeatedly denied any intention of invading Ukraine and insisted it has the right to move military equipment and troops on its own territory.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “There’s a critical situation here.
“The critical situation is around the concerns, national concerns of Russia.”
Ele adicionou isso “no one is threatening anyone with military actions” which would be “madness”.
“But we will be ready to take counteractions.”
It comes as House of Commons Defence Committee chairman Tobias Ellwood MP warned an invasion of Ukraine is feared to be “inevitable and imminent” as Kiev blamed Vladimir Putin for a massive cyber attack.
O eyes of the world are on Ukraine as Putin has massed nearly 100,000 troops along with an arsenal of artillery and tanks in the region.
It is feared Vlad could launch a full-scale invasion in a matter of weeks – or even days – to seize territory given up by Russia in the fall of the Soviet Union.