Russia announced on Tuesday the beginning of the return to their permanent headquarters of the units that have already finished their exercises in the West and South military districts, both bordering Ukraine. There is no information on the scope of the decision and the number of troops affected.
“The units of the Western and Southern military constituencies that fulfilled their missions have already started to get on trains and trucks and today they will go to their garrisons,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
“As the combat training measures are coming to an end, the troops, as always, will carry out combined marches towards their permanent garrison,” he added. The Russian news agency TASS He affirms that some of these units will march on foot and that in practically all the military districts of the country there are military exercises underway.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted a terse message on Facebook: “February 15 will go down in history as the day of failure of Western propaganda. Shamed and shattered without firing a shot.”
However, the US company Maxar Technologies, which has been monitoring the presence of Russian forces near the border through satellite images, said on Tuesday that new photographs taken on Sunday and Monday reveal a significant increase in military activity. in some points. The company speaks of the arrival of large deployments of combat helicopters, as well as attack aircraft and fighter-bombers. The photographs also show, according to the company, the departure of multiple ground units from their barracks.
This Tuesday, the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, meets in Russia with Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, has asked Moscow to withdraw the troops. “The situation is particularly dangerous and could escalate at any moment. The responsibility for the de-escalation is clearly on the Russian side, and that is for Moscow to withdraw its troops.”