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Russia forms shock troops on Ukraine's northern border

17-04-2014 15:08

Russia forms the shock troops on the border with Ukraine near Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkiv regions in northern Ukraine, Director of the Centre of Military and Political Studies Dmytro Tymchuk has said.

"According to operational data of the Information Resistance group, formation of shock troops of Russian forces is held in the Russian regions bordering on Ukraine. In particular, in the areas near Ukraine’s Kharkiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy regions, in the vicinity of the state border, battalion tactical groups are being formed," he said. According to the expert, the shock troops are consisting of airborne forces and special groups of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the Russian Federation. "At the same time, joint exercises of Special Operations Forces of … Belarus and of the Russian airborne units began on the territory of Belarus," he added.