Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) has released a package of satellite imagery that shows details of the location and type of Russian units NATO has observed along the border with Ukraine. The imagery comes from the commercial satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe.
NATO believes that the Russian military has approximately 35-40,000 troops in the vicinity of the Ukrainian border, a claim Russian officials have repeatedly denied is a cause for concern.
“The Russians have an array of capabilities including aircraft, helicopters, special forces, tanks, artillery, infantry fighting vehicles… and these could move in a matter of hours,” said Brigadier Gary Deakin at SHAPE. “These forces have a destabilizing effect and present serious implications for the security and stability of the region,” Deakin added.