Ukraine: Shock satellite images reveal how Russia has amassed 40,000 troops, tanks and fighter jets just 30 miles from the Ukrainian border. NATO, which released the photographs, claimed the military forces could invade within just 12 hours if given orders from Moscow. The photos have provoked a furious diplomatic row between NATO and the Kremlin, which claims they were taken last year. But Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen insisted the threat was real.
Troops had been spotted at more than 100 sites, he said, many of which appeared to be fields and not established bases. ‘Russia is stirring up ethnic tensions in eastern Ukraine and provoking unrest,’ he added. ‘And Russia is using its military might to dictate that Ukraine should become a federal, neutral state. That is a decision which only Ukraine as a sovereign state can make.’
Several images dated March 26 and taken around the Russian town of Belgorod, 25 miles from the Ukraine border, showed units of a motorised rifle regiment, Mil Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, supply and transport vehicles, according to NATO.
They were taken by a commercial satellite firm called Digital Globe and also showed units of a motorised rifle regiment, a ‘probable’ anti-tank battalion and artillery on March 27. There are even field hospitals, it was claimed. source – Daily Mail UK