Satellite images reveal Russian attempts to bolster forces near Ukraine, World News

New satellite images show Russia continues to build forces in Crimea and near Ukraine, Reuters reports. However, the agency says it was unable to independently verify the latest images of Maxar technologies.

The footage shows a base in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. As of December 13, there were hundreds of vehicles and tanks at the base. An image of the same base in October showed the base half empty.

Maxar, in a statement, said: “Over the past month, our high-resolution satellite imagery observed a number of new Russian deployments in Crimea as well as in several training areas in western Russia along the outskirts of the Ukrainian border.

Further footage from Maxar showed a build-up at the Soloti assembly ground in Russia near the Ukrainian border, with photos taken in early December showing a greater concentration of military materiel than in September.

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Several other photos showed continued build-up at Yelnya, which is 160 miles north of the Ukrainian border. There was also a build-up at the Pogonovo training ground near the town of Voronezh in southern Russia.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated in mid-November after Washington warned of a massive build-up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg had offered to start talks with Russian officials next year without setting a date to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to destroy Ukraine.

Speaking to AFP, he said the invasion of Moscow could destabilize Ukraine.

(With contributions from agencies)

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