Satellite images collected this weekend show a clear shift in Russia’s military deployment around Ukraine. In contrast to the large-scale deployments shown in the image in recent weeks, several smaller deployments are now visible. Several units or troops have been deployed outside bases or training grounds, with some positioned along tree lines, according to analysis by Maxar Technologies, who released the images.
Russian units are also continuing to move closer to the border with Ukraine. Videos shared on social media in recent days show military vehicles being moved. One videos posted on TikTok captured a Russian military deployment less than 5 miles from the Ukrainian border.
Most of these locations are in Belgorod the western region of Russia, 25 kilometers from the border, has recently seen an increase in military activity. In addition to the movement of vehicles, a new helipad has been established in the past two weeks.
Image Investigation Team at The Times, as well as outside researcher, has been monitoring military activity in the area. However, the area was cloudy for many days, making it difficult to collect traditional satellite images. But there was little cloud around Belgorod on Sunday. The new image reveals new tracks in the snow, leading analysts to pored over the image to focus on small deployment points near the tree line.
The new finding comes after US intelligence officials announced that 40 to 50 percent of the more than 150,000 Russian forces surrounding Ukraine had moved out of formation and into combat formation.
Experts who monitor recent Russian military moves have paid particular attention to the Belgorod region. Rochan Consulting, which monitors Russian deployments, stated in its February 19 newsletter that “if Russia decides to attack, the Belgorod-Valuyki line will be one of the main staging areas for the Russians. operations against Ukraine.”
Maxar’s analysis noted that most of the units and combat equipment at Soloti, a military garrison outside the city of Valuyki, had left and that “extensive vehicle tracks and several convoys were found.” armored” was seen in the area.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/20/world/europe/russia-military-ukraine-border.html Satellite images show new stage of Russia’s military readiness