04/19/2021

Satellite images of a new Russian Armed Forces field camp south of Voronezh, near the Ukrainian border

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Satellite images of a new Russian Armed Forces field camp south of Voronezh, near the Ukrainian border.

Several open-source intelligence groups have identified what they allege to be new Russian military field camps — comprising artillery, rocket systems, a field hospital, and hundreds of vehicles — within a day’s drive of the Ukrainian border.

These reports come at a moment of heightened military tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Since late March, Russian military forces have mobilized near Ukraine’s southern and eastern borders, raising the specter of a military offensive amid a parallel uptick in violence along the entrenched front lines in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, where the two erstwhile Soviet allies have been locked in a low-intensity trench war for years.

Using information gleaned from social media posts and videos shot by area residents, the Russia-based Conflict Intelligence Team reported the creation of the two military field camps in Russia’s Voronezh region over the past several days. One of the camps is located about 155 miles from the Ukrainian border; the other is roughly 93 miles from Ukrainian territory.