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Russia to build 2nd major military base near Ukraine

Iran Press TV

Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:56PM

Russia is planning to build its second major military base near the border with Ukraine, public documents show.

The new base, which will have the capacity to house 5,000 soldiers and heavy arms, is to be built in the town of Boguchar, in Voronezh region, near the border with Ukraine's eastern Lugansk region, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

According to the documents, the Russian Defense Ministry seeks to turn an old military depot in the area into a major base that would contain dozens of buildings and special facilities for over 1,300 armored vehicles and ammunition.

The new base is due to have a dozen barracks that could house 5,210 troops, warehouses for rockets, an infirmary, a swimming pool and large training complex. It will be 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the Ukrainian border.

Tender documents released on the Russian government website zakupki.gov.ru also show that the ministry will send a motorized rifle brigade from Nizhny Novgorod, in northwest Russia, to Boguchar while troops who know how to respond to nuclear, biological and chemical attacks will also be transferred there.

The initial construction and installation works at the Boguchar base are reportedly planned to be completed by April 29, 2016.

Moscow wants to use the base to train soldiers in using artillery and man-portable air defense system.

Russia is also said to be constructing another base in Belgorod region near the Ukrainian border.

The development comes amid NATO's growing ties with Ukraine, which has been the scene of a deadly conflict since March 2014 following a referendum in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, in which people voted overwhelmingly for re-unification with Russia.

The situation degenerated into a major armed conflict after Kiev dispatched troops to Lugansk and Donetsk near the Russian border in April 2014 in an attempt to suppress pro-Russia forces there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the conflict in Ukraine was deliberately manufactured by "unprofessional actions" of the West.

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