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Reuters Confirms Russian Military Buildup On Ukraine's Border
Reuters confirms a story about how its reporters witnessed Russian military hardware massing on the Ukrainian border:

Reuters reports: 

Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments.

The scene at the base on the Kuzminsky firing range, around 50 km (30 miles) from the border, offers some of the clearest evidence to date of what appeared to be a concerted Russian military build-up in the area.

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The weapons being delivered there included Uragan multiple rocket launchers, tanks and self-propelled howitzers -- all weapon types that have been used in the conflict in eastern Ukraine between Kiev's forces and separatists.

The amount of military hardware at the base was about three times greater than in March this year, when Reuters journalists were previously in the area. At that time, only a few dozen pieces of equipment were in view.

Over the course of fours days starting on Saturday, Reuters saw four goods trains with military vehicles and troops arriving at a rail station in the Rostov region of southern Russia, with at least two trainloads traveling on by road to the base.

A Reuters reporter also spotted a road leading to a less-frequently used (and less monitored) border crossing which had recently been repaired.

Read the entire report here.

Daily Mail has even more pictures, and video, taken by Reuters. Their report:

A freight train pictured carrying a convoy tanks towards the Ukrainian border looks to escalate tensions between the two sides even further.

The nine tanks arrived in the southern town of Matveev Kurgan on Monday, before being driven along the streets on Tuesday.

The picture, taken on a mobile phone, comes just days after a huge convoy, including rocket launchers, military trucks without licence plates and armoured personnel carriers, was photographed driving along a road near the town.


One of the pictures shows the tanks driving through the town after having been offloaded from the train: 

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This new report seems to verify a claim analyzed earlier by The Interpreter, that a reporter for the news agency had taken pictures of Russian military hardware headed toward the Ukrainian border:


Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine - witness

Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments.

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May 28, 2015 02:03 (GMT)
Also referenced in the Reuters report is more testimony from the families of Russian soldiers who say that their sons are being forced to fight in Ukraine. Thus, the report provides even more detail than a report released by Reuters earlier this month:
-- James Miller
NATO, our sources among Western diplomats, the Ukrainian, and our own analysis suggest that a new offensive is being prepared by Russian proxies and the Russian military which supports them. With each passing day, more evidence is compiled showing the Russian military preparation for this inevitability. 
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