New Russia troops reported on Chechnya border
Russian armed forces were spotted on 20 April in the Ingushetia District of Chechnya, bordering Ingushetia, North Ossetia and Stavropol region, Russian media reported, citing eyewitnesses.
A video, published by Novaya Gazeta, shows a number of military trucks and tents lined up along a regional highway near the villages of Bratskoye, Beno-Yurt and Banner, Znamenskoye in the north-west of the republic.
Residents believe that the deployment is related to a military exercise in the region, but this account hasn’t been confirmed.
In response to a newspaper’s media enquiry, a spokesperson of the Russian Southern Military District said that they had not sent additional troops into Chechnya. “The 42nd Motorized Rifle Division, which is stationed in the Republic, is engaged in routine combat training at its permanent location,” the military spokesman said, without commenting on the appearance of soldiers in populated areas.