- - Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Russian Federation is building a second huge military base near its border with East Ukraine. The new facility is near the Luhansk separatist region, in Boguchar, Voronezh, and will complement an even closer base that began construction last month in the same area.

Reuters report the post will be large permanent station for more than 5,000 troops and at least 1,200 armored vehicles and associated maintenance capability and ammunition. Buildings and facilities to house the troops will need to be built as well as warehouses for logistics.

Is is reported the Kremlin will transfer troops trained in nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons from Northwest Russia to the new base near Ukraine.

This movement of troops complements Moscow’s decision to force its neighbor Belarus to host a new Russian base as well as the increase of personnel and weapons at its Kaliningrad enclave in the Baltics. Russia has also beefed up the level of forces it now stations in Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine last year.

When taken with Russia’s new troop movements to Syria, it is obvious Russian President Vladimir Putin is serious about re-establishing Russia’s role as an international military superpower. With the financial crisis hitting home, increased military spending has remained above average and is scheduled to increase even more in the face of Western sanctions and the significant drop in the price of crude oil, the main source of revenue for the Russian federal budget and greater economy.

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