(CTN News) – The United States has estimated that Russia has added 11 battalions of tactical groups (BTGs) to its forces in the east and south of Ukraine since late last week, according to a senior US defense official, bringing the Russian total to 76 battalions of tactical groups.
During a press conference, an official stated that the Russians have extended their capability inside Ukraine, adding that all their ground forces are concentrating in the east and the south of Ukraine at the moment. However, the US is unable to pinpoint exactly how the new BTGs are distributed.
At the same time, the United States has sent four flights of security assistance for Ukraine from the newest round of assistance authorized by US President Joe Biden and worth $800 million into the region, the official explained.
It is expected that another flight will arrive “in the next 24 hours,” the official said, but no details about what equipment would be on the flights were provided.
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