The NGA has moved in elite paratroopers, who it fears could be used for a flash attack on Kiev near the border with Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin has gathered 127,000 troops on the border of the neighboring country amid warnings of a Russian invasion could cause World War III.
The Kremlin has beefed up its forces on the border with Ukraine with the deployment of the 217 Guards Parachute regiment of the 98th Airborne Division.
The deployment was reported by independent Russian researchers known as the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT).
They pointed to a video showing the canvas-covered BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and the BTR-MDM armored personnel carriers.
This is the first confirmed video of paratroopers moving near the border with Ukraine.
“In any large-scale attack on Ukrainian territory, the Airborne Forces must play a decisive role.”
The CIT referenced reports that a Russian tactic could be a swift incursion into Ukraine, with possibly setting up a pro-Kremlin puppet government.
“We consider an attack from the territory of Belarus and/or the Bryansk region in the direction of the Ukrainian capital as at least one of the possible scenarios for Russia’s actions in Ukraine.”
Russia held exercises with the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile transport ships lurking in the Ivanovo region, as part of the exercises of the country’s strategic missile forces.
Elsewhere, in the Rostov region, which borders Ukraine, the 150th Motorized Infantry Division held “combat readiness exercises” with more than 1,000 troops.
It comes as Boris Johnson warns of Russia’s plans for a “lightning war” that could take down Kiev amid reports its military was in Ukraine.
The British Prime Minister has pledged that British troops will join Nato forces in Europe to help defend Ukraine if Russia dares to invade.
Other members of the alliance – including Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria and the Netherlands – are sending more fighter jets and warships to Eastern Europe to bolster defenses in the region.
The US has also placed 8,500 troops on alert for short-term deployment, which Russia says has caused “great concern”.
Isabel Sawkins, a researcher at the Henry Jackson Society, thinks any potential conflict in Eastern Europe would not be limited to its borders.
She told The Sun: “The crisis has the potential to extend its tentacles to all parts of the world.”
Analysts say Putin is now almost certain to launch a limited offensive in the next 10 days – possibly including one against the population of three million in the Ukrainian capital.
The Kremlin’s mighty force of 127,000 troops, tanks, artillery and missile batteries along with fighter jets and drones besieged the border with its pro-Western neighbor after negotiations peace failed.
He’s also ready to compose favorite “war toy” War in Ukraine – including robotic tanks, kamikaze stealth drones, and parachute dogs.
He hopes a flash victory will send him home after being stymied by the thriving economy and the woes of Covid.
Military sources say another 30 trains have poured into Ukraine’s pro-Putin neighbor Belarus in recent days – and 200 more are likely to follow.
The move – claimed to be for “military exercises” in Belarus – has raised alarm in Kiev, just 100 miles from the Belarusian border.
The conflict could see the first combat using remotely controlled tanks and the first aerial combat between drones.
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