The base consisting of three military facilities is the latest in a chain of new military sites, part of what the Kremlin sees as an important counterpoint to NATO, Euronews reports.

Up to 10,000 service personnel are expected to be deployed at the site which will reportedly house a motorized rifle division.

Western observers have been nervous about recent increased Russian military movements and drills near the Ukrainian border over the summer.

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Some analysts see the permanent nature of the facilities being built as evidence that Russia’s long-term plan is to keep Ukraine in check – but with the ability to respond quickly if necessary.