Russia transferring military hardware from Chechnya to Ukrainian border


Text of report by North Caucasus rebel internet news agency Kavkaz-Tsentr

27 July: Kavkaz-Tsentr sources in Chechnya report that unusual movement was observed at the Khankala military base on Friday and Saturday [25-26 July]. Pieces of military hardware have been loaded on railway platforms for over two days now.

The sources have said that long echelons are being formed. Officers are openly saying in conversations that the military hardware is being dispatched to Ukraine for use in military operations.

Local residents who work at the Khankala base said that they had never witnessed the shipment of hardware in such large amounts.

The source also reports that several hundreds of Kadyrovites [men linked to Russia’s Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov] were deployed from Chechnya to Rostov on Friday [25 July] for further deployment in the territory of Ukraine. On Saturday [26 July], formations of Kadyrov murtads were partly dislocated near the Ukrainian border.

Chechnya itself is seeing unusual reinforcement of military posts and mobile patrol groups on roads. The considerable strengthening has also been observed in Dzhalka settlement (where relatives of [Duma MP Adam] Delimkhanov live) and in Kadyrov’s residence in [the village of Novyy-]Benoy.

The reason for the reinforcement is unknown. This is certainly not linked to the completion of the month of Ramadan since the apostates used to do this before. Locals say that posts and armoured personnel carriers appeared on the roads several hours after the announcement of international sanctions against a number of Russian officials, among them Kadyrov.

There is also information that rumours are circulating among Kadyrovites about forthcoming big war with Ukraine and NATO. Allegedly, Chechnya might be bombed and Kadyrov is getting prepared for possible attacks by the USA and NATO.

Source: Kavkaz-Tsentr news agency website in Russian 27 Jul 14


Inspections found no build-up of troops near Ukraine – Russian Defence Ministry

Text of report by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti

Moscow, 27 July: International inspections have recorded no breaches or undeclared military activities by the Russian Federation on the border with Ukraine, Russian Defence Ministry official spokesman Maj-Gen Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday [27 July]. Konashenkov was commenting on statements by US envoy to NATO Douglas Lute and US State Department [deputy] spokesperson Marie Harf about the alleged concentration of "about 15,000 service personnel" along the border with Ukraine.

He said that 18 international inspections had visited areas of the Russian Federation bordering on Ukraine in the last four months as part of the observance of the 2011 Vienna document and the Treaty on Open Skies. These inspections included not only representatives from the USA and NATO countries but also some from Ukraine. These groups flew over the said areas and visited the military units they were interested in. "As a result of the work of these inspection, no breaches or undeclared military activities by Russia were recorded in the areas bordering on Ukraine," Konashenkov said.

"To clarify the situation, we deem it necessary to remind our colleagues across the ocean that, in addition to social network, where as we know they are getting most of their intelligence about the Russian Armed Forces, there are other sources of information, whose veracity is not in doubt," the spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry said.

At the same time, according to Konashenkov, active military operations by Ukrainian troops in the areas bordering on the Russian Federation make it impossible to carry out similar inspection flights over these areas. "The Russian Defence Ministry is convinced that the results of official inspections of these areas would record high concentration of Ukrainian troops, weapons and military hardware, which regularly shell Russian population centres and have already led to deaths and injuries among our citizens," the Defence Ministry spokesman said.

Source: RIA Novosti news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1125 gmt 27 Jul 14


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