Russia building new military base on Ukrainian border
The Russian Defence Ministry has not acknowledged the deployment of troops 50 km from Ukraine's border.
Russia is building an army base near its border with Ukraine, the latest in a chain of new military sites along what the Kremlin sees as its frontline in a growing confrontation with NATO, Reuters has said.
A Reuters reporter who visited the Russian town of Klintsy, about 50 km (30 miles) from Ukraine, saw a makeshift army camp, large numbers of newly-arrived servicemen and military vehicles.
The Russian Defence Ministry has not acknowledged the deployment of troops to Klintsy, which usually serves as a stop for truck drivers traveling between Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
However, deputy town council chairman Oleg Kletny said Klintsy had been chosen as the site of a newly-formed division, and that so far about 240 soldiers had arrived.
The Reuters reporter saw about a dozen tents and the same number of military vehicles in a temporary camp in a clearing in a forest where the troops will be billeted until their permanent base is ready.