Since August 2014, the OSCE has monitored two of the 12 Ukrainian border crossings, currently controlled by Russia. Every week they produce a report detailing what vehicles and types of people crossed in and out of Ukraine. One of the more illuminating totals, is their observations on those seen wearing military clothing.
From Aug 2014 – Jan 2nd 2018, a total of 33,869 individuals were observed wearing Military style outfits. These either crossed into Ukraine, or exited the country, back into Russia. This however is just the tip of the invasion iceberg. The OSCE state, that due to people travelling in vehicles, they cannot possibly see everyone who maybe wearing military clothing.
At the start of the conflict, the OSCE reported that some of these military dressed individuals told them what they were doing. Once inside Ukraine, they said they collect their weapons and equipment from nearby collection points and then get taken to their military posts. This reveals the Kremlin’s eager to avoid pictures and film footage of armed soldiers crossing in and out of Ukraine, so has ordered that no one must carry weapons across the border.
Another revealing aspect to the OSCE reports, is its recording of the large numbers of ambulances and funeral related vehicles crossing the border. Virtually every week, vehicles either carrying Russian dead and wounded exit Ukraine. Often, vans and trucks are marked as Cargo 200 – this being Russian military code for the carrying of dead soldiers.
Watch my video for more info on this and remember, these are just two border crossings in the Luhansk region. Bulk of the fighting is happening in the Donetsk region, so just imagine how many more Russian soldiers are entering Ukraine via the other 10 crossings and how many of them are also coming out dead and wounded.