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Russia and Ukraine raise combat readiness as tensions rise

28 November 2018

In the wake of the Kerch Strait incident, Russia has started to move anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) assets to Crimea, and Russian and separatist ground forces are reported to be at an increased level of readiness. In response, Ukraine has mobilised its armed forces and put a series of readiness measures into place.

Vadim Skibitsky of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Main Intelligence Directorate was quoted by Ukrainian media as having told a press conference “all units of the 1st (Donetsk) and 2nd (Lugansk) Army Corps have increased their combat readiness level”, referring to separatist formations in eastern Ukraine.

Elsewhere, video images from Berlin-based Ruptly TV on 27 November show a Bal coastal defence missile system apparently moving towards Crimea.

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