(Un)veiled threat. Russian military bases. Satellite monitoring


Data Journalism Agency TEXTY has made a visualisation that allows you to monitor Russian military equipment around Ukraine and in the occupied territories. It will be constantly updated as new images appear.

In March 2021, Russia began a significant increase in its forces on the borders of Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

After US involvement and Biden’s talks with Putin, the Kremlin withdrew some of its personnel and equipment from the borders, but not all of it. In the autumn of 2021, the second phase of escalation began, and according to various estimates, at the end of December 2021, there were at least 120,000 troops, heavy equipment, artillery and missile systems, air defense, and logistical support of troops in the immediate vicinity of Ukraine’s borders or in the occupied territory of Ukraine.

On the interactive map (with the help of points and polygons) TEXTY showed all the locations of the military equipment known from open sources, where changes have taken place recently. But the most interesting thing is at the bottom of the map: TEXTY uses Sentinel-1 satellite data to estimate how much equipment there is on a particular military base.

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