According to Reuters, Russia is setting up a large military base near the Ukrainian-Russian border, which could indicate that Russia is preparing for a long drawn-out conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The base will be large enough to station several thousand soldiers, and will include ammunition storage facilities, as well as a swimming pool and an ice rink, Reuters reported.
The base will replace a temporary military camp, which was at the same location until recently.
NATO has accused Russia of sending supplies, military hardware and soldiers to fight Ukrainian government forces in the east of Ukraine.
According to tender documents, the base will be built on a 300-hectare site near Valuyki, about 20 kilometers from the Ukrainian border. The base will have nine barracks for 3,500 soldiers and an infirmary, which can be expanded quickly.
Editor: J.M. Laats