Monday, August 21, 2017

Putin places Urals military forces on combat alert

Vladimir Putin placed Urals-based military forces on combat alert on Saturday as part of an ongoing series of drills aimed at preparing for a potential conflict with anti-Russian groups in Ukrainian.

In total, 65,000 Russian troops are on combat alert in bases spanning the Urals and areas East of Moscow, USA Today reports.

On Friday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered a ceasefire and stopped all military operations in hopes to stop the fighting that has killed hundreds fighting within the Ukraine.

The Kremlin, however, dismissed Poroshenko's plan claiming is lacked any firm offer to open talks with insurgents, according to USA Today.

Approximately 300 people have killed due to in-fighting in the Ukraine over Russia's annexation of the state.