Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, reported yesterday that Russian Army on the East of Ukraine is getting ready for further escalation. According to Turchynov engineering units of Russian Armed Forces set up 5 pontoon bridges over Siverskiy Donets River where it goes along the border between Ukraine and Russian Federation and they also prepared roads to those passages.
This way they are building military infrastructure that will allow to send more Russian Army units to occupied territory of Ukraine where they can be used in combat operations.
- Oleksandr Turchynov
Turchynov also said that this is another evidence of Russian Army direct involvement in the war started by Kremlin on the East of Ukraine. This statement was posted on the website of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine at www.rnbo.gov.ua/news
Previously the investigative reporters of InformNapalm.org posted information about Russian Army tank units that set up pontoon bridge over Siverskiy Donetsk River 20 km from Ukrainian border near Russian Filippenkov village. See full report here.
On the map below part of Siverskiy Donets River in marked in red. The river goes along Russian-Ukrainian border which is under control of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. Setting up pontoon bridges there will allow Russia to send ammo and other supply to Lugansk 2 times faster (less than an hour) as that way the distance gets cut in half. This is also important to Russia as they will avoid going through dense residential areas on their territory. Right now most of the traffic goes via Izvarine village.