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Russia forming new military division at border with Ukraine

The Russian Federation found in violation of the Vienna Document.

Russia forming new military division at border with Ukraine
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Russia has violated the provisions of the Vienna Document-2011 on confidence-building measures and security by beginning the formation of a new motor rifle division near the border with Ukraine without noticing the OSCE.

In a 20 January report, the General Staff of Ukraine said the fact was discovered during a joint with Canada and Denmark inspection in the Rostov region of the Russian Federation.

 The routine inspection was to ensure that Russia complies with commitments to openness and transparency in their military activities, provided by the Vienna Document 2011 (VD-2011).

The multinational inspection team discovered the non-compliance by the Russian Federation of the provisions of the VD-2011 regarding the mutual informing by the OSCE member states about military forces, the report said..

The representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Russia informed the inspection team that 150 Motorized Rifle Division with over 10 thousand manpower has been formed in the immediate vicinity of the border with Ukraine since 10 January 2017, the General Staff's said.