Russia sends 'up to 1000 tanks towards country's border with Ukraine' as tensions with the West continue to escalate
By Mark Hodge4th September 2018, 1:32 pmUpdated: 4th September 2018, 2:41 pm
MILITARY boffins on social media claim to have spotted â1000â Russian tanks moving west towards Ukraine.
Trackers of Vladimir Putinâs army have posted pictures of cargo trains carrying the hulking the war machines along with other snaps showing armoured vehicles also being transported.
Analysts at Strategic Sentinel believe that âbetween 500 and 1000 tanksâ have been moved towards Russiaâs western borders in the past two weeks.
This comes amid rising tensions in Ukraine following the killing of pro-Russian separatist leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko who died in a bomb attack at a cafÃ© in Kiev.
Th e tanks pictured are ageing Soviet-era T-62s which would not be used in frontline combat.
Strategic Sentinel wrote on Twitter: "Photos taken in #Russia of trains continuing to send T-62s west towards #Ukraine.
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"Given the amount of trains spotted with this cargo heading west, itâs likely between 500 to 1000 tanks have been moved in the past 2 weeks.â
The account added: "These tanks are very old and #Russia has several new tanks it could deployed to this region.
"These units probably make up a reserve force and not a frontline battle unit.â
However, other military enthusiasts online have suggested the tanks could be used as âcannon fodderâ to âstorm positionsâ.
Russiaâs relationship with NATO is increasingly strained fol lowing the annexation of Ukraine in 2014 and the ongoing presence of Putinâs military on the countryâs borders.Scene of cafe explosion in Kiev which killed Ukraine separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko
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