Self-propelled guns, tanks, and infantry fighting vehicles are being moved to the front lines in Donbas, the number of snipers who are to provoke Ukrainian soldiers has increased, wrote the main intelligence management of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in a press release on Tuesday.
Russia is continuing its efforts to prevent stabilization of the situation in Donbas, Ukrainian intelligence said. As it was added, “the command of the operational group of the Russian occupation forces” in certain directions along the demarcation line strengthens the units with additional 122-mm self-propelled guns, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles. These actions violate the agreements on the recall of heavy equipment – it was underlined.
Russia has also increased the number of sniper forces ready to deal damage to Ukraine’s personnel, destroy cameras and provoke fire in response. There are also exercises of snipers who are not involved in combat operations.
The announcement was released a few hours before the scheduled talks between US and Russian presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, which will take place against the background of tensions over the concentration of Russian troops along Ukrainian borders.
At the end of November, the main intelligence management of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced that Russian-controlled forces in the Donbas are increasing combat readiness and are conducting large maneuvers with the participation of reservists. As it was added, large command and staff exercises with the participation of the reserve, units of the force structures and the administration began there. According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russia exercises control over the exercises.