10:21 Jun. 16, 2016
Updated satellite imagery shows border crossings and artillery sites of Russian troops
Bellingcat, the investigative journalism organisation, has published new satellite images that provide another evidence of Russian troops in Ukraine.
This is reported in the Bellingcat story published on June 15.
Bellingcat writes: "Google Earth has recently added updated satellite imagery at the Russia-Ukraine border for August 26, 2014, near the height of Russian intervention in Ukraine. These satellite images show the deployment of Russian military vehicles and artillery positions, along with newly-created paths into Ukraine.
The timing of this satellite imagery coincides with a major surge in Russian activities in Ukraine near the border crossing points, including the sightings of Russian servicemen in a village about a dozen kilometres from the border crossing point."
The report states that the military vehicles did not appear in satellite imagery as of August 23, 2014.
Bellingcat reports: "The worn path from Russia into Ukraine, seen as an orange line above, did not exist in the August 23, 2014 satellite imagery on Digital Globe, indicating that it was created between the afternoon of August 23 and 26."
The orange line marks cross-border vehicle paths which did not exist in satellite imagery from August 23, 2014. The yellow line marks the Russia-Ukraine border, according to Google Earth. The line along the treeline is the more accurate representation of the border. Photo source - bellingcat.com
Bellingcat also refers to Reuters which reported on August 26, 2014 that dozens of 'unidentified, heavily-armed strangers with Russian accents' appeared in a village 14 kilometres northwest of this border crossing point.
Investigators add that soon after ten Russian paratroopers were arrested near the village of Dzerkal'ne (the Donetsk region), who claimed they had been "lost".
Askai707 demonstrates how Russian servicemen were located in Ukraine near a village that was captured by Russian/separatist forces on August 30, 2014. Photo source - bellingcat.com
Bellingcat sums up: "The August 26, 2014 satellite imagery from Google Earth allows us a closer view into the Russian invasion of Ukraine from two summers ago. The border crossing paths revealed in this imagery shows us the paths used for Russian and "separatist" offenses in late August, and possibly the paths used by the Russian soldiers described in August reports from Reuters".
Military vehicles on the move near the Russia-Ukraine border. Photo source - bellingcat.com
The updated August 26, 2014 satellite imagery shows the deployment of Russian artillery systems pointed towards Ukraine, and the aftermath of artillery strikes with burned earth. Photo source - bellingcat.com