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War in Ukraine About to Enter ‘New Phase’ as Fighting Shifts: UK MoD

Russia is moving its military vehicles, troops and weapons towards the southwest of Ukraine as Vladimir Putin’s invasion enters a “new phase,” U.K. defense officials have said.

The U.K. Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that Russian Battalion Tactical Groups (BTG) of up to 1,000 troops were being deployed to Crimea, the peninsula Moscow annexed in 2014.

From there, they would “almost certainly be used” to support Russian troops in the Kherson region, which fell to Russia soon after the invasion and where Ukraine’s forces are conducting a counter-offensive.

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