Ukraine intel says Russia is mulling Donbas offensive
The Command of the Russian occupation forces is intensifying measures to enhance the combat capability of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Center of Territorial Troops of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces, according to the report by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
"While declaring their will to implement the Minsk agreements, the command of the Russian-occupation forces are enhancing combat capabilities of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Center of Territorial Troops of the Southern Military District," the report says.
The intelligence says that the offensive combat training indicates that the enemy does not abandon plans to expand the controlled areas and uses a "truce" to prepare for the resumption of the armed conflict.
Russia's latest military drills coincide with eastern Ukraine truce violations"In particular, the units of the 1st Arms Corps are preparing for large-scale offensive drills near the town of Torez. A total of 40 tanks, 70 armored vehicles and six 122mm Grad multiple rocket launchers are deployed at the training ground," the report reads.
The Commission of the Center of Territorial Troops of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces is carrying out direct control over the preparation of the event, according to the Ukrainian Intelligence.