New satellite images published Saturday show Russia has massed troops in the annexed Crimean Peninsula in recent days.
Private Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) said some of the military vehicles — including tanks, armored personnel carriers and rocket launchers — were seen outside of staging grounds, “possibly preparing for movement soon.”
The buildup in Crimea occurred within the past four days, according to ISI.
Imagery from February 15 shows the area near the town of Novoozerne completely empty.
ISI said the buildup of the forces in the area was to allow Russia to invade southern Ukraine.