The Australian ABC has today posted an article syndicated from AP entitled “Here’s what sanctions the US could impose on Russia if it invades Ukraine”
This suggests, charmingly, that among other targets for sanctions, President Putins alleged partner might be a suitable victim.
However while Alina Kabaeva is most attractive, that is not the image that quite caught my eye.
This one: “A satellite image of a Russian troop build-up at Klimovo, Russia, 13 kilometres north of the Russia-Ukraine border.(Supplied: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies)”
Google suggests this is one of a series referenced by a Radio Free Europe Article “Military Buildup: New Images Capture Russian Armor Massing Near Ukraine”:
This provides helpful images of the aforesaid build up. With reference to these images, taken on January 19 2022, an amateur makes the following comments:
Image 1 – A full vehicle park at Yelnya, 150 miles from Ukraine. Two of the tanks have been running engines, they are the ones not covered by snow the rest are dead cold. What would one expect for daily vehicle checks for an active unit? Yelnya is an established base for at least seven years.
Image 2 and image 5 show an equipment store at Klimovo, some 30 kilometers from the Ukraine border. the comment on image 5 states: “Military equipment massed (I love that emotive word) at the Klimovo storage facility on January 19. Older imagery from Google Maps of the same location shows a fraction of the military vehicles present.“
This links to a google image of an empty facility which PROVES that massing has occurred.
There is just one problem; inspection of that location with Google Earth Pro shows that the ’empty” image date is 9/13/2014! Eight years ago.
I cannot comment on the other images, but I’m puzzled by what I’m seeing and how it supports the idea of a massive build up.
Could others please examine these images?