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Satellite images show build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine

A Russian battle group deployment in Kursk Training Area, Russia, December 21. Estimates for the number of Russian troops recently moved closer to Ukraine vary from 60,000 to 90,000, with one U.S. intelligence document suggesting that number could be ramped up as high as 175,000.  ©2021 Maxar Technologies

A Russian battle group deployment in Kursk Training Area, Russia, December 21. Estimates for the number of Russian troops recently moved closer to Ukraine vary from 60,000 to 90,000, with one U.S. intelligence document suggesting that number could be...more

A Russian battle group deployment in Kursk Training Area, Russia, December 21. Estimates for the number of Russian troops recently moved closer to Ukraine vary from 60,000 to 90,000, with one U.S. intelligence document suggesting that number could be ramped up as high as 175,000. ©2021 Maxar Technologies
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A Russian battle group deployment in Opuk Training Area, Crimea, December 22.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A Russian battle group deployment in Opuk Training Area, Crimea, December 22. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A Russian battle group deployment in Opuk Training Area, Crimea, December 22. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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An overview of a Russian brigade-level unit in Bakhchysarai, Crimea, December 13.  Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

An overview of a Russian brigade-level unit in Bakhchysarai, Crimea, December 13. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

An overview of a Russian brigade-level unit in Bakhchysarai, Crimea, December 13. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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An overview of a Russian battle group training in Opuk Training Area, Crimea, December 22.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

An overview of a Russian battle group training in Opuk Training Area, Crimea, December 22. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

An overview of a Russian battle group training in Opuk Training Area, Crimea, December 22. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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An overview of a Russian battle group deployment in Opuk Training Area, Crimea, December 22.   Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

An overview of a Russian battle group deployment in Opuk Training Area, Crimea, December 22. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

An overview of a Russian battle group deployment in Opuk Training Area, Crimea, December 22. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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Russian armored units training in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, November 26.     Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian armored units training in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, November 26. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian armored units training in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, November 26. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A Russian battle group deployment in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, December 21.   Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A Russian battle group deployment in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, December 21. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A Russian battle group deployment in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, December 21. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A Russian battle group deployment in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, December 21.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A Russian battle group deployment in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, December 21. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A Russian battle group deployment in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, December 21. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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Russian military deployments in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, December 21.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian military deployments in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, December 21. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian military deployments in Pogonovo Training Area near Voronezh, Russia, December 21. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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Russian forces in Soloti, Russia, December 5.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian forces in Soloti, Russia, December 5. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian forces in Soloti, Russia, December 5. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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Russian forces in Soloti, Russia, December 5.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian forces in Soloti, Russia, December 5. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian forces in Soloti, Russia, December 5. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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An overview of Opuk Training Area, Crimea, November 26.   Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

An overview of Opuk Training Area, Crimea, November 26. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

An overview of Opuk Training Area, Crimea, November 26. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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Elements of Russian 41st Combined Arms Army in Yelnya, Russia, November 1.   Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Elements of Russian 41st Combined Arms Army in Yelnya, Russia, November 1. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Elements of Russian 41st Combined Arms Army in Yelnya, Russia, November 1. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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Russian military deployments in Novoozernoye, Crimea, October 18.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian military deployments in Novoozernoye, Crimea, October 18. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

Russian military deployments in Novoozernoye, Crimea, October 18. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A satellite image shows an overview of Novoozernoye, Crimea, October 18.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows an overview of Novoozernoye, Crimea, October 18. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows an overview of Novoozernoye, Crimea, October 18. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A satellite image shows a battle group training area in Pogonovo, Russia, November 26.   Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows a battle group training area in Pogonovo, Russia, November 26. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows a battle group training area in Pogonovo, Russia, November 26. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A satellite image shows a battle group training area in Pogonovo, Russia, November 26.  Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows a battle group training area in Pogonovo, Russia, November 26. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows a battle group training area in Pogonovo, Russia, November 26. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A satellite image shows a close view of Russian deployments, in Novoozerne, Crimea, October 18.   Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows a close view of Russian deployments, in Novoozerne, Crimea, October 18. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows a close view of Russian deployments, in Novoozerne, Crimea, October 18. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A satellite image shows Russian military equipment in Yelnya, Russia, November 9.   Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows Russian military equipment in Yelnya, Russia, November 9. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows Russian military equipment in Yelnya, Russia, November 9. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A satellite image shows Russian troop tents and administration area in Yelnya, Russia, November 9.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows Russian troop tents and administration area in Yelnya, Russia, November 9. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows Russian troop tents and administration area in Yelnya, Russia, November 9. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A satellite image shows an overview of Russian ground forces equipment, in Yelnya, Russia, November 9.   Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows an overview of Russian ground forces equipment, in Yelnya, Russia, November 9. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows an overview of Russian ground forces equipment, in Yelnya, Russia, November 9. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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A satellite image shows an overview of Russian troop tents and administration area, in Yelnya, Russia, November 9.    Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows an overview of Russian troop tents and administration area, in Yelnya, Russia, November 9. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows an overview of Russian troop tents and administration area, in Yelnya, Russia, November 9. Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS
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