17 January 2018, Wednesday, 13:52

Ukraian expert: 100,000 Russian troops near Ukrainian border


A part of them is located in Belarus and Transnistria.

About 100,000 Russian troops that can be involved in aggression against Ukraine are concentrated on the Ukrainian-Russian border, UNIAN cites Valentyn Badrak, the director of the Centre for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies, as saying at a briefing.

“According to different estimates, also by partners of our centre, it is more than 100,000 of military personnel able to participate in aggression,” Badrak said.

According to him, the presence of Russian troops is recorded on the halfring from Belarus in the north to Transnistria in the southwest. The expert notes August can become the most dangerous month for Ukraine. “Putin's tactical task is to disrupt the parliamentary election,” Badrak said adding that October is the most probable month for the election, which must be announced two months prior to the election date, according to laws. Badrak thinks the Kremlin will not declare war officially, but will gradually increase subversive activities and involve heavy weapons, aviation and, probably, missiles.

“Not only attack aircraft and interceptors, but also long range aircraft are concentrated on the border,” the expert said stressing that strategic bombers Tu-160 and Tu-95 MC were noticed near the border. The expert thinks NATO is unable to oppose anything against Russia due to failure to implement military and political decisions of its member states.

“The traditional bureaucracy of NATO has become the weakest link in the Alliance,” Badrak said suggesting that NATO would not answer Russia if it attacked the Baltic States or Balkan countries.