Russian Troops Move To Border
President Putin has ordered the 45th Detached Reconnaissance Regiment and the 5th Tank Brigade to immediately deploy on the border as Ukraine forces are nearing a “catastrophic defeat” at the hands of separatist rebel forces.
The 5th Tank Brigade of the 36th Army of the Eastern Military Command, military unit 46108, this report notes, was permanently transferred from Eastern Siberia and the Far East to the Ukrainian border this past November, while about 2,000 Russian reconnaissance troops have, likewise, began large-scale exercises in the same area.
This report further notes that these military forces, in preparation and during conducting of combined-arms operations (combat actions), have been ordered to perform the following tasks:
• determination of the degree of terrain’s passability, the state of communications, the nature of water barriers, the boundaries and the dimensions of areas of destruction, fires and floods, contamination areas, possible ways of overcoming them and turning movement around them;