Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed tens of thousands of reservists to be called up to help bolster their numbers amid fears of an impending conflict with Ukraine.
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Vladimir Putin signed a decree to call up the army and secret service in reserve as the Russia-Ukraine crisis continues to smolder.
Videos show the arrival of Russian evacuees from eastern Ukraine before the unsettling military conflict in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Subsequent footage shows attack helicopters flying over Belarus and heavy weapons moving in Russia’s Voronezh and Belgorod regions that share a border with Ukraine, amid Western fears of an all-out war in the region. Europe is imminent.
Putin’s decree on reservists could order tens of thousands of people to order uniforms at a time when Russia has 150,000 or more troops encircling Ukraine.
His decree is that “by 2022, Russian citizens who are in the reserve forces will participate in military training in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the National Guard, state security services and the National Security Service.” Federal Security Service (FSB)”.
No number will be included in the call, but reservists will “perform military service in the ranks” of the armed forces and security services, the decree states.
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RIA Novosti said the recruitment was a “planned event”, but its timing would be considered crucial.
Last year, a similar call happened two months later, in April 2021.
Russia has opened 15 border crossing points for “refugees” in the Rostov region, to allow them to move from Donbas in Ukraine.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said: “As of February 19, six vehicles, two railways and seven pedestrian checkpoints are operating in the Rostov Region.
Overnight, an estimated 25,000 people fled the Luhansk People’s Republic to Russia, along with 3,400 others from the Donetsk People’s Republic.
But men aged 18 to 55 have been banned from leaving the Luhansk republic due to a ‘general mobilization’ in the breakaway region.
A video shows an attack helicopter in the Grodno region of Belarus, close to the borders of NATO countries Poland and Lithuania.
Footage from the Maslovka station in Voronezh shows the T-80U battle tank and the multiple rocket launcher TOS-1A BM-1.
These are also Msta self-propelled howitzers and battlefield radars.
The direction of their movement is not clear compared to what is seen on the video.
On a day when Putin was about to personally supervise a nuclear exercise, a MiG-31K armed with an ‘unstoppable’ hypersonic missile Kinzhal – or Dagger – flew over the Mediterranean.
Britain is now ‘sure’ that the Russian president will invade Ukraine and the conflict will be ‘terrible’, Whitehall said on Friday.
The British government reportedly did not think the Kremlin would launch an attack earlier this week, as US intelligence warned.
But everything changed within hours, it was claimed.
A Whitehall source told the Times: “He’s going to do it, and it’s going to be horrible.”
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