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(Video Report) Pentagon Increasingly Concerned with Russian Weapons on Ukraine Border

The estimation is there somewhere in the area of 100,000 Russian troops, armored vehicles and other weapon systems along the border with Ukraine.

By Kris Osborn - President & Editor-In-Chief, Warrior Maven

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby expressed additional concern about the Russian build up along the border with Ukraine. 

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022.

The estimation is there somewhere in the area of 100,000 troops, armored vehicles and other weapon systems. 

Ukraine Crisis Troops

A satellite image shows troops and logistics material support units north-west of Yelsk, Belarus, on February 4. (Reuters via Maxar Technologies)

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The newer concerns are related to the concept of logistics, medical supplies and potential preparations for a longer term invasion or occupation, things like long range artillery, rockets, missiles, and even S-400 air defenses. 

So the question is, as NATO thinks to reposition itself to defend Eastern Europe and be prepared in the event of a contingency, will there be a more short term incursion surrounding the area of Donbas as many have thought, or are we looking potentially at a more longer term invasion? 

This image from the Russian defence ministry dated February 4 shows rocket launchers firing on a snow-covered field during joint exercises with Belarus (Photo by Handout/Russian defence ministry/AFP)

This image from the Russian defence ministry dated February 4 shows rocket launchers firing on a snow-covered field during joint exercises with Belarus (Photo by Handout/Russian defence ministry/AFP)

Kris Osborn is the Defense Editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven President

Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven President - Center for Military Modernization