May 18, 2022

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Videos show Russian units and missiles advancing towards the Ukrainian border

Videos show Russian units and missiles advancing towards the Ukrainian border

CNN has geolocation and reliability of social media videos of these movements – although there are many videos that go unnoticed.

Some of the videos come from official sources; Most of them are from TikTok or YouTube. They are analyzed by online monitors and are often complementary to satellite imagery.

Here is a convoy approaching Belgorod In western Russia, just across the border from the main Ukrainian city Kharkiv:

There is a lot of other evidence of the military build-up in the Belgorod region as well.

CNN geolocated these videos in the village of Sereteno, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the border. It was loaded on Sunday and shows tanks moving in the area.

These videos can be geolocated at this place:

night movements

Russian troops are also moving at night in the area – with tanks being lowered from trains.

It snows more here than in the south – CNN geolocated this video for a village near Belgorod:

Tanks around Voronezh

Surrounding area Voronezh It also seems to be getting very crowded. A large group of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles have been filmed in the past two days from a passing train. According to analysts, they are part of the Russian 1st Guards Tank Army.

From other angles:

CNN geolocated these clips to this location:

Helicopters near Belgorod

In the past two days, more videos have surfaced on social media of helicopters arriving near the Ukrainian border. They can provide important protection for ground forces in the event of an attack. Filmed near Belgorod:

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The Russian crowd includes tanks, infantry fighting vehicles known as BMPs, and self-propelled artillery – as seen here on a train on the outskirts of Belgorod:

Lots of devices travel south from the city Kursk. CNN geolocated this video, which appears to have been filmed on Saturday.

Missile and artillery support

Michael Kaufman, a Russian analyst at CNA, a Virginia-based nonprofit, notes that units in Kursk (such as the Sixth Combined Arms Army) “appear to be moving into Belgorod with district-wide artillery support. He says the 1st Guards Panzer Army is beginning to move as well. – “Supposed to the final staging area.”

Of particular concern is the movement of convoys of short-range ballistic missiles Iskander-M, which, apparently, were picked up in the past few weeks in various parts of western Russia.

If a conflict does start, these could potentially be used to attack established Ukrainian positions – such as command-and-control positions. It has a range of 250 miles (402 km) and has been observed in recent satellite images.

Missile launchers near the border

Russian and Belarusian forces began Great joint exercises Last week near the Polish border, but some Russian forces are moving many miles from where the exercises were held and have taken up positions close to where the borders of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus meet.

CNN geolocated this convoy, which includes multiple missile launchers, to a location about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of the Ukrainian border.

Russian weapons and ships continue to be closed to the Ukrainian border. Locations where equipment was previously placed for more than 100 miles (161 km) The borders were gradually emptied as the units advanced.

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Russian units are located a few miles from Ukraine all the way from the Sea of ​​Azov, along the Ukrainian border and into Belarus.

Rob Lee, from King’s College London’s Department of War Studies, tweeted: “The current Russian military build-up near Ukraine is unprecedented.” “This is not like the fears of the previous war or the backlog in the spring [of 2021]. The size of the Russian air, land and naval military power near Ukraine is much greater in quantitative terms. ”

While the equipment appears to have been assembled, where it was taken – and when – remains unknown.