WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russian-terrorist formations attack government-held positions in Donbas 52 times over past 24 hours, lob 60 shells at E. suburbs of strategic port of Mariupol; ATO: Russian FSB/KGB delivers 200 fake Ukrainian army uniforms to frontline proxies, provocations expected; Russian Navy’s small but deadly missile frigates, corvettes conduct drills in E. Mediterranean, Caspian Seas, Caspian Flotilla fired Caliber cruise missiles over Iran, Iraq, struck ISIS targets in Syria last Oct., Nov., Moscow once again requests permission from Baghdad, Tehran to launch Calibers at ISIS; Russian forces, Transnistrian separatists hold another “anti-terrorist” exercise in Moldova’s breakaway region, previous drill took place in early Aug., involved amphibious vehicles, paratroopers; 1,412 Russian combat, peacekeeping troops stationed only 80 miles NW of Ukrainian city of Odessa, Moldova has repeatedly demanded withdrawal of Russian army from its territory, comply with 1999 CFE Treaty; Ukrainian military intel (HUR) still on alert for potential Russian invasion into country’s heartland via Donbas ahead of Aug. 24 Independence Day events; Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany says Russia’s 40,000 troops in Crimea well-positioned to also attack mainland, “new bloody conflict will be really fatal not only for Ukraine, but for the whole of Europe”
August 17, 2016
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The isthmus connecting Crimea to Kherson Oblast is very narrow, but if the Russian army can break through the Ukrainian Ground Forces’ first line of defense, which consists of main battle tanks, APCs, anti-tank rockets and a 20-km anti-tank trench with watchtowers, and hold that line, then an invasion corridor could potentially be secured.
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