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Putin is moving his army west – along the Trans-Siberian Railway – Politics Abroad

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Putin is moving his army west - along the Trans-Siberian Railway - Politics Abroad

Russia’s military power is on the move…In April and again since October 2021, the Kremlin moved more than 100,000 soldiers from the southern, western, northern and central military districts towards Ukraine. They are now holding out in huge camps along the Russian-Ukrainian border and in occupied Crimea, awaiting orders.And since this week, even military experts have been looking at Russia in astonishment. In a logistical tour de force, Putin is moving his army west from the eastern military district to deploy on the western border.

A train carries war equipment west through the city of Janaul in the Bashkortostan regionPhoto: Twitter

The trains travel 7,000 kilometers – always along the legendary Trans-Siberian railway route – in the direction of Ukraine and NATO countries.“The Trans-Siberian Railway is an important channel for military movements across Russia. A military train takes six to seven days to get from the Pacific Far East to western Russia. From Siberia, the trains only take two to three days,” Irish defense expert Andy Scollick told BILD. The BILD map (below) shows where military trains along the Trans-Siberian railway line have been filmed in the last 72 hours. Photo: Twitter, TikTok

The magnitude of this troop movement astonishes even experienced experts. Finnish military expert Petri Mäkelä states: “On January 11 alone, twelve military freight trains passed west through Krasnoyarsk. If true, it is a massive movement.”

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Expert: Wrong gear for “just rattle sabers”

Defense expert Scollick warns in BILD that the massive relocation “of course has nothing to do with Kazakhstan and nothing to do with the large-scale exercises planned by the Russian army. Therefore, they are understood to be headed west to complement and support operational build-up near Ukraine’s eastern border.”On the trains: everything you need for a war. Russia’s most advanced main battle tanks, rocket launchers, trucks, ambulances, nuclear-capable ballistic missile systems and countless logistics vehicles.

This is where you will find content from Twitter. In order to interact with or display content from Twitter and other social networks, we need your consent. enable social networks Security expert Andy Scollick is particularly concerned about the latter. If Russia “just wanted to rattle their sabers, a show with tanks and artillery would largely suffice”. “But the large-scale logistics movement is indicative of the equipment needed to sustain a combat operation. And it’s not just equipment. Most of these trains contain passenger cars for troops and freight cars for their equipment.”Plain text: Putin seems to be serious this time. Contrary to all assurances that his regime is “not expecting any escalation”, Russia’s president appears to be preparing a campaign the likes of which Europe has not seen since the Second World War.In keeping with this, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov yesterday declared talks with the United States and NATO over. The West, Ryabkov said, said “no” to Russia’s offers.
By this he meant Putin’s demand that NATO withdraw its troops from all countries that were not part of the military alliance before 1997 (e.g. Poland and the Baltic states) and guarantee that Ukraine and Georgia would “never” become part of the alliance. Russia’s deputy foreign minister threatened that the military had offered Putin “options if the situation in Ukraine deteriorated”. “A diplomatic solution” is still hoped for… On Friday morning, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that “a number of units from the Eastern Military District will be deployed to new training grounds at a greater distance from the areas of their permanent bases.”


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