Fearing a humanitarian crisis of North Korean refugees fleeing across Russia’s border in the event of a US strike on North Korea’s nuclear facilities, Vladimir Putin is sending troops and equipment to the border to prevent the mass ingress of North Korean refugees.
With Kim Jong-un continuing to issue threats of a preemptive strike, it appears that Chinese and Russian leaders are privy to something that the general public is not.
Russia’s border reinforcement comes days after it emerged that China is also sending 150,000 soldiers to its southern frontier to cope with the tidal wave of North Koreans Beijing fears would flee across the border if war breaks out, reports the Daily Mail.
This morning, footage emerged appearing to show how Putin is reinforcing his 11-mile border with North Korea by relocating troops and equipment.
A video purports to show one of three trains loaded with military equipment moving towards the 11 mile-long land frontier between Russia and the repressive state.
Another evidently highlights military helicopter movements towards the North Korean border and manoeuvres across rough terrain by army combat vehicles.
Other reports suggest there have been military moves by road as well.
There have been concerns that if a conflict breaks out Russia could face a humanitarian exodus from North Korea.
But Putin has been warned, too, that in the event of a US strike on Kim Jong-un’s nuclear facilities, contamination could swiftly reach Russia.
‘Railway trains loaded with military equipment moving towards Primorsky region via Khabarovsk have been noticed by locals,’ reported primemedia.ru in the Russian far East – linking the development to the North Korean crisis.
‘The movement of military equipment by different means of transport to southern areas is being observed across Primorsky region over the past week,’ said military veteran Stanislva Sinitsyn.’Many relate this to the situation in the Korean peninsula.
‘Many relate this to the situation in the Korean peninsula.
‘The video shows artillery systems that either support troops in assault or meet the aggressor.’
He said: ‘The movement of military equipment means that authorities of our country are keeping up with the situation – and take appropriate measures.’
The movements were ‘a preventive but necessary’ measure.
‘If the situation worsens, especially related to military events, the armed forces of all the neighbouring countries obviously monitor it more closely, and we are no exception.
‘It is not the first time that North Korea has broken the peace in the region, that’s why this situation deserves attention.’