It has been reported that Russian tanks have been spotted moving into occupied territory in Crimea, which was seized following an operation carried out by Vladimir Putin’s forces in 2014.
Witnesses have reported large amounts of Russian military hardware massing near the towns of Dzhankoy and Armyansk in northern Crimea, close to the border with Ukraine.
Norman Dzhelalov, deputy chairman of Crimean Tatar Mejlis – which represents the peninsula’s ethnic Tatar group, claimed on Facebook that tanks had arrived.
He wrote: “Witnesses report that large groups of Russian military hardware have been massed near Armyansk and Dzhankoy.
“Dzhankoy has been cordoned off by troops with tanks and other equipment.”
Video footage shows Russian armoured trucks and troop transporters as part of a large military convoy moving down the street.
The footage uploaded to YouTube shows the vehicles moving through the city of Kerch near the Russian border.