These 17 satellite photos show how Russian forces have surrounded Ukraine amid invasion fears
Russia has positioned troops around Ukraine in Belarus, western Russia, and Crimea.
Maxar Technologies has released satellite images of the areas where Russian troops and weapons are.
Russia has denied planning an attack, but the troops' positions have Western leaders skeptical.
Russia has surrounded Ukraine militarily, and its force presence and posture continue to raise concerns that Russia will invade its neighbor and ignite a new conflict in Europe.
Ukraine’s strike on Russian air base sends a message: Putin is losing
If the Ukrainian strike on Saky military base in the Novofedorivka region of Russian-occupied Crimea on Tuesday can be attributed to the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), then once again, Moscow’s much-vaunted S-400 air defense system has failed. While there has been no shortage of speculation, the two most likely courses of action delivering the…Reports suggest Ukrainian special forces have received training and equipment from U.S. Special Forces and British Special Air Service to conduct operations behind enemy lines. As a result, they have been given credit for several attacks in Russian-occupied territory.
Russia now has over 130,000 troops, as well as a significant amount of weaponry and other hardware, in positions around Ukraine. Though Russia has denied having plans to attack, many in the West remain skeptical. Russia has troops in Belarus, western Russia, and Crimea.
US intelligence previously suggested Russia had plans to launch a military offensive against Ukraine in "early 2022" with a force of 175,000. Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week that Russia had enough troops and equipment in place now to launch an attack with "little warning."
Ukraine is bracing for a Russian invasion as regular civilians train for war, and NATO is hardening its positions in Eastern Europe to deter Russia from pushing past Ukraine, should it decide to attack.
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The fifth-gen jets are able to bolster NATO's eastern shield with air-to-air and air-to-ground combat capabilities amid increased Russian aggression.The fifth-generation stealth fighter jets of the 90th Fighter Squadron, which just arrived at RAF Lakenheath, England from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, will soon make their way to the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Lask, Poland, according to a statement from US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.
Maxar Technologies released a collection of high-resolution satellite imagery on Wednesday showing the Russian military buildup at positions around Ukraine. Here is where the Russians have put their troops and equipment and what the buildup looks like.
A Russian base in occupied Crimea, far behind the front lines of the ongoing war in Ukraine, was rocked by multiple large explosions this week, which left not only physical damage to buildings, planes, and personnel but likely psychological damage as well, according to experts and officials.
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Ukrainian forces using U.S.-supplied artillery severely damaged a bridge vital to the Russian military's supply lines in occupied Kherson.Ukrainian forces using U.S.-supplied precision artillery severely damaged a bridge vital to the Russian military's supply lines in occupied Kherson, Ukraine authorities said Wednesday.
Russia claimed the blasts at Saki Air Base near Novofedorivka Tuesday were caused by the accidental detonation of ammunition stores and said that there were no injuries or damage to aircraft stationed at the base.
But at least one person was killed, Reuters reported Thursday, and satellite images of the Russian base show that a number of Russian planes were damaged or destroyed.
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Ukraine has not officially claimed responsibility for the explosions at Saki Air Base, which sits alongside oceanfront resorts popular with Russian tourists a couple hundreds kilometers from the frontline devastation and destruction in eastern Ukraine.
Privately, however, Ukrainian officials have been telling the media that Ukraine was behind the apparent attack.
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Exactly how Ukraine might have been involved in the explosions remains something of a mystery.
Russia Strikes Ukrainian Ports After Crimea Blasts
Missiles hit two Ukrainian port cities after a series of explosions in Crimea that analysts see as part of a broader effort to dislodge Russian forces from territory in the south of the country. Serhiy Bratchuk, the head of the Odessa regional military administration, said rockets landed on the city in the early hours of Wednesday. The missiles were fired from an aircraft, the Ukrainian military’s southern command said, damaging a recreation center and injuring four civilians. Blasts were also heard in several districts of Mykolaiv, according to Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych. Two missiles struck a university Mr.
One unnamed Ukrainian government official told The Washington Post that the attack at the airbase was carried out by special forces, while a Ukrainian presidential advisor suggested it was the work of either ranged weapons or local partisans, according to the Associated Press.
Video: Explosions At Russian Air Base In Crimea Kills 1, Wounds Several Others (Newsweek)
In another article, a US official told The Post that it appeared Ukraine had used a long-range weapon but not one provided by the US, which has been hesitant to provide capabilities that would allow Ukraine to strike Russia, such as ATACMS missiles for US-made HIMARS.
A Ukrainian official told The New York Times that the explosions at the base, from which "planes regularly took off for attacks against our forces," were caused by a "a device exclusively of Ukrainian manufacture."
"I don't think it was an ammunition accident," Jeffrey Edmonds, an expert on the Russian military at CNA and a former CIA military analyst, told Insider.
"The best bet is there's a short-range ballistic missile that the Ukrainians had been working on," he said.
Ukraine has been working on such a missile, known as the Hrim-2 among some other names, and it is estimated to have a range of several hundred kilometers. Edmonds noted though that it is unclear if that missile is active.
What Ukraine can and can't accomplish with Western artillery
What Ukraine can and can't accomplish with Western artilleryBut Ukraine's HIMARS alone won't win Kherson back from Russia, which has used its numerically superior artillery with brutal effectiveness against Ukrainian forces and civilians all along the shifting frontline.
"That would be my bet," Edmonds said. "It is a high-level of precision," he added. "They hit right where the aircraft were."
He said the amount of partisan activity in Crimea is uncertain, and a special-forces attack on the installation would probably have involved destroying military aircraft and structures with charges, causing damage different from what was seen in the satellite images of the base.
Perhaps much more important than how the apparent attack was executed or even the targets is the psychological effect on the Russians, as experts and officials have noted.
An unnamed Ukrainian official told Politico that the blasts let the Russians know that they "are safe nowhere," adding that this development "let them know how it feels."
"They are not invincible anywhere," Andriy Zagorodnyuk, a former Ukrainian defense minister and head of the Center for Defense Strategies, explained to The Post. "They cannot feel safe in Crimea. They thought they were safe in Crimea and they thought they were safe at long-range distance."
"The psychological impact of this is much larger" than damage to the military base or the loss of some Russian aircraft, Edmonds said, telling Insider that it is a fair assessment that the implications of what occurred at Saki are that Russian positions in the rear are probably no longer safe.
Russian forces have struggled to achieve President Vladimir Putin's objectives in Ukraine due to missteps early in the war and fierce resistance from the Ukrainian armed forces, which derailed Russian efforts to take the capital and forced Moscow to concentrate on the east. Ukraine has already begun mounting a counteroffensive to retake lost ground.
Responding to questions from Politico about whether the explosions at the Russian military base in Crimea represented the beginning of a southern counteroffensive, officials said that "you can say this is it."
A senior Ukrainian defense official who confirmed Ukraine's involvement in the blasts at the base told Yahoo News that things are "just getting warmed up."
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