Vladimir Putin has reportedly sent Russian "suicide squads" into Ukraine to find and eliminate covert military bases.
The 69-year-old long-standing President of Russia is said to have sent the sacrificial militia-men to fight Ukrainian soldiers – but the troops have reportedly been captured and taken to a secret location for interrogation.
This secret location has now been mysteriously blown up.
The alleged suicide tactic came to light when some of the squad were said to be found wearing GPS positioning devices that could then locate and direct fire on bases they were taken to.
Russia has deployed hundreds of tanks, 150,000 troops, self-propelled artillery and short-range ballistic missiles from as far as Siberia to as close as striking range of Ukraine’s borders, as the fears of a WW3 rises.
One Ukrainian paratrooper said: “Separatist forces had been trying to find our secret base so they could launch a mortar attack.
“When we found the bugs, we moved them quickly and our base came under massive attack. We don’t know why they were carrying the bugs but they led the mortar teams to where we were.”
Reconnaissance troops, that explore an enemy's terrain, have been seen in action on snow vehicles in the Murmansk region rehearsing combat and stoking war games against a simulated enemy in extreme cold conditions, below minus 10 degrees celsius.
The war games reportedly involved “destroying” foes with Kalashnikov rifles and Makarov pistols.
A Russian defence spokesman said: “Particular attention is paid to training military personnel for operations in low temperatures, deep snow cover, strong winds and polar nights."
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Sergei Kondratyev, commander of the motorised rifle brigade of the Russian Northern Fleet has said: “Winter is such a difficult time of the year, especially if you are driving over unfamiliar terrain — you do not know what can be under snow."
Russia has since demanded strict limits on the activities of the US-led NATO military alliance in Eastern European countries.
Russia denies they were planning to invade, but want NATO to rule out Ukraine and others ever joining the NATO alliance in order to defuse the situation.
Yuliia Laputina, Ukraine's minister for veterans affairs, said Russian force could lead to a new world war.
She has said: "If Russia invades you know, you should also take care about the Balkans. What Russians are doing now in Serbia – they try to provoke a situation in the Balkans.
"But we also take into account [the beginning of] World War Three. Because geopolitically, it looks like this is a possible scenario.
“So… we should pay attention to the Ukrainian issue because of the security of the continent … This — the spreading of war in case of Russian invasion to Ukraine — will be much wider than Ukraine."
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