What is not said in this report is if this is an increase or decrease in the number of troops that Russia is placing around Ukraine.
I am guessing it’s an increase but I recall similar numbers reported recently.
17:30, 02 February 2019
The groups are 100% staffed by contract servicemen and equipped with modern (modernized) weapons and military hardware
Speaker for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Chernobay has said Russia deployed at least 28 battalion tactical groups near the Ukrainian border.
“At least 28 battalion tactical groups are in readiness for immediate use on the border with our state. They are 100% staffed by contract servicemen and equipped with modern (modernized) weapons and military hardware,” he told UNIAN about Russia’s military presence along the border with Ukraine.
“Their number can be increased in a short time due to the operational transfer of battalion tactical groups from other military districts,” Chernobay added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Chernobay said the Russian Federation had deployed 12 Iskander nuclear-capable ballistic missile launchers at a distance of 250 km from the border of Ukraine.