Russia’s military bases in Ukraine keep on growing. Needing live firing ranges for tanks and artillery and space for large-scale, mock military exercises, they have swallowed up vast swaths of land.
With most established in rural areas, Ukrainian farmers have suffered most, their farms, land and fields simply taken over. These satellite images show the base outside the small village of Svobodne. Near the south coast & close to the eastern border, Russian forces first arrived here in Oct 2015. Since then, its grown and grown, with permanent buildings, hard surfaced roads and now occupying an area of around 12 kilometers.
In addition, as the first satellite image illustrates, large earthwork fortifications keep getting built in the surrounding fields, taking over ever more land.