New Satellite Images Reveal Russia Is Preparing For War In Kaliningrad

The July 16 summit in Helsinki, Finland, between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin offers a unique opportunity to de-escalate Cold War 2.0 between the United States and Russia.

Ahead of the summit, several reports have detailed a new alarming trend of Moscow’s rapid modernization efforts to improve its westernmost military facilities in Kaliningrad, a strategic enclave of Russian territory situated between Poland and the Baltics.

Last month, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) published satellite images revealing significant upgrades to a nuclear weapons storage bunker situated at a secret facility in Kaliningrad.

“It has all the fingerprints of typical Russian nuclear weapons storage sites,” Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project at Federation of American Scientists (FAS), said in a report.

“There is a heavy-duty external perimeter of multilayered fencing. The bunkers themselves have triple fencing around them as well. These are typical features from all the other nuclear weapons storage sites that we know about in Russia,” Kristensen explained.

A buried nuclear weapons storage bunker in the Kaliningrad district has been under major renovation since mid-2016. (Source: Federation of American Scientists (FAS))

This comes at a time when Moscow expressed its concern over the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) military infrastructure expansion near the Poland–Kaliningrad border. On May 28, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov declared that Russia is prepared to take appropriate measures in response. That statement was a reaction to the Pentagon debuting plans to build a permanent military base in Poland.

NATO forces have surrounded Kaliningrad, as it seems Moscow is in the final stages of installing and upgrading military structures and other bunker improvements in this strategic slice of territory in the heart of NATO-allied eastern Europe. Moscow knows its fate with NATO, and that is why it is preparing for war.

Now, there is more evidence that Russia has been constructing even more structures and bunkers 8 miles away from the nuclear bunker facility that FAS reported last month.

The new report, by an American private Earth-imaging company Planet Labs and Defense One, shows significant changes around a bunker facility in Baltiysk, near the Polish border. Matt Hall, a senior geospatial analyst at 3GIMBALS, a firm that provides human-machine integrated location-based analytics, told Defense One that the facilities in the satellite images (below) are used to store artillery.

The visible change between the two images provided appears to be the fortification of buildings, characteristic of explosive storage bunkers, utilizing earthen berms to further insulate these structures. There also appears to be clearings, new structures visible within the the forested portion of the installation, as well as a berm and exterior fence surrounding the installation,” said Hall.

The unforested regions include explosive ordinance bunkers, he said. “Every structure in the northern non-forested sector have been reinforced during the three month period of the imagery,” he said. “The berms appear to be continually fortified to make them more obscured from aerial detection.”

“In the forested sector, a different type of storage facility exists, some of which are bermed and appear to be leveled off. There appears to be additional uncovered storage, some with berms but not heavily fortified. In this area some of the structures have changed, potentially showing roofing structures or tarps that have since been removed to reveal caches of items. Some of the berms appear to be more extensive, but the foliage in the second imagery may obscure this analysis. Additionally, there appear to be new or redistributed items — potentially identifiable as shipping containers,” said Hall.

Hall also identified a railroad line in the satellite images. It connects to the broader national system, which runs to and through Lithuania. Defense One said Russia constructed a similar line in the Georgian province of Abkhazia before invading that country in 2008.

Defense One asked National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency officials about the recent activity in Kaliningrad. They replied with no comment because such information is deemed classified.

Russia has been adding troops since 2015 to the region, which is the home base of Russia’s 11 Army Corps and the headquarters of the Russian Baltic Fleet.

There is only one reason why Russia would be quickly fortifying various military facilities and upgrading nuclear storage bunkers in Kaliningrad: Moscow sees war on the horizon.

Comments

philipat Rapunzal Wed, 07/11/2018 - 04:28 Permalink

"NATO forces have surrounded Kaliningrad, as it seems Moscow is in the final stages of installing and upgrading military structures and other bunker improvements in this strategic slice of territory" 

Um, isn't this the wrong way round? First the US (and so by extension its European vassals) pulls out unilaterally from the ABM Treaty, then pushes NATO borders right up to the Russian border, then installs ABM systems all along the border. These "defensive" missiles can, of course, be used offensively also.

So is it really any surprise that Russia, which has not made a single threatening move against Europe, should see a need to boost its defensive posture in response to these ongoing provocations from NATO?

I sometimes wonder who writes this BS but I assume that the vast majority of the sheeple just accept it all without any critical examination. Sad.

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glenlloyd shortonoil Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:40 Permalink

Oh the outrage! For them to fortify a small enclave of their territory...for shame!

If the shoe was on the other foot the US would have had it built up long before this and it would have been done completely in secret.

It's always about the hypocrisy with these situations, like it's OK for the US to do it but naughty Russia (as portrayed by the US propaganda) should not be doing this.

Like the US is the arbiter of what should be done....

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popeye Adolfsteinbergovitch Wed, 07/11/2018 - 07:04 Permalink

Well, the whole article is a beat up.

Reference to an invasion of Georgia in 2008 is about all you need to read to categorise the whole thing as bollocks. No mention of Georgia precipitating the "invasion" by rolling into Ossetia, over the bodies of a few Russian border guards. Nor any mention of Russias rapid withdrawal from Georgia once their point had been made (the US failed to reply to Saakashvili's invitation to help out).

So some artillery bunkers may have been upgraded? Not exactly the deployment of a 30,000 strong occupation force, is it?

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BarkingCat popeye Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:57 Permalink

Those Russians killed weren't border guards. They were peacekeepers.

Many argue that they were not neutral and supporting South Ossetian separatists.

I don't know what the truth is but I do know that the loudest voices pushing that narratives and that of Russian invasion are those of John McCain and Joe Biden, who lack any sort of credibility when it comes to criticizing others' military activities.

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cannonfodder VladLenin Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:51 Permalink

Don't kid yourself: it is the nation that initially put those forces to the border which is, and has been for decades, paranoid.  The warwhores like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, John Kerry want a response.  While they keep their citizens uninformed, they weave a perverse narrative and portray the response to their aggression as the first, and triggering, event.  

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cannonfodder philipat Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:42 Permalink

Of course,  Russia will respond EXACTLY as any other country would to a provocative military concentration on THEIR border, accompanied by incessant unsubstantiated accusation (PROPAGANDA).  People have lost the ability to think critically and willingly accept whatever mental pablum the MSM pushes down that cerebral 'feeding tube".  It is beyond sad; it's about to become tragic.

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moon_unit Thoresen Wed, 07/11/2018 - 04:10 Permalink

New Satellite Images Reveal NATO Is Preparing For War and Obesity In Its Annual 2-day Summit in its staggeringly expensive shiny new HQ building in Brussels starting today. No, really.

Analists report images show heavy salmon sandwich trucks backing up next to tankers of Chardonnay Spritzer. Truck structure damage reported to be extensive but repairable.

Tubby ex-rabid-Commie but now overcompensating-hopetheydontfindout-Russophobic officials elbowing each other out of the way.

Auditor still dead.

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keep the basta… Thoresen Wed, 07/11/2018 - 05:29 Permalink

exactly. Russia has spent 61 billion in the last year  on its military .. the lot of it this included  while USA spent about a trillion. 

And Russia just made 64 billion from the recent price rise in oil.  When a genius who loves his country is running the show with love from most of the population very different from the west.. this year focus is on improving the lot of the people and mother russia.

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Ace006 RedBaron616 Wed, 07/11/2018 - 07:14 Permalink

Right.  If the Russians renovate a PX in Omsk it's Russia (((preparing for war))). NATO installs missiles,  issues nonsense about radar in Poland to detect Iranian missiles,  and patrols the Russian border but the Russians have nothing to worry about.  What war preparations question mark. 

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SoDamnMad hestroy Wed, 07/11/2018 - 09:42 Permalink

So tell me why, asshole , that Poland is where we are building up our NATO forces and that Poland has an alive defense industry building weapons suitable to their own defense. Any why Poland will go it alone and not accept thousands of economic and potential terrorist immigrants at the expense of being cut off from EU funds. It was the Polish Winged Hussar cavalry which turned back the Mongol hord at the Gates of Vienna And why they have a civilian defense force of young men and women prepared to defend their country when we have masked holligans wanting to attack anyone and everyone in government.  And why this big MIC push to defend the Suwalki Gap when Belarus is a major country between Russia and the Kaliningrad enclave?

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Haus-Targaryen Aengrod Wed, 07/11/2018 - 03:30 Permalink

Polish, Lithuanian, make it another Germanic enclave, have the Russians actually do something with it ... 

Basically anything else other than what it is now would be an improvement.  

Then again, I don't think the Russians are doing anything with it because if/when WWIII does kick off, it like the rest of Poland will get flattened and they don't want to see their cash go up in smoke. 

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moon_unit Haus-Targaryen Wed, 07/11/2018 - 04:23 Permalink

Hilarious the article says they "just found a railway line" in the "satellite images". Oooga booga boooga!

That would be the main railway line Kaliningrad has always used for transport to Russia, that goes thru LT,  that PL / LT were running war games next to lately?

The same one that LT were threatening to blockade. They know about this "scary new" railway line already, either that or they need to up their meds.

It was probably built over 100 years ago. By the Germans.

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land_of_the_few Aengrod Wed, 07/11/2018 - 03:31 Permalink

Originally a Sambian or Old Prussian city, it later belonged to State of the Teutonic OrderDuchy of PrussiaKingdom of PrussiaGerman EmpireWeimar Republic and Nazi Germany until 1945.

The Sambians were one of the Prussian tribes. They inhabited the Sambia Peninsula(Samland) north of the city of Königsberg(now Kaliningrad). 

Sambian Languages

Old Prussian, later also German

 

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BarkingCat RedBaron616 Wed, 07/11/2018 - 11:11 Permalink

Half of eastern Germany is former Slavic land so fuck off.

The biggest mistake Poles made (more precisely 1 prince) was to invite the Teutonic Knights in to fight against the pagan Prussians and other Balts.

The second biggest mistake was not killing every member of the Teutonic order after defeating them at 1410 at the battle of Grunwald.

 

Now go and suck some Muslim cock after he rapes you daughter.

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Sabbath Haus-Targaryen Wed, 07/11/2018 - 03:35 Permalink

As someone who has lived for three years in Russia I can confirm this is true. I've been to over a dozen Russian cities and none have been as poorly maintained as Kaliningrad, not even the old industrial/aerospace heartland cities of Samara and Chelyabinsk. The most telling thing for me was a stone the Soviets laid in front of the old cathedral with the inscription here we *will build* a monument to peace. There doesn't seem to have been much progress thus far.

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Haus-Targaryen Sabbath Wed, 07/11/2018 - 04:01 Permalink

I figure the Russians think when the next war kicks off taking Königsburg will be of essential strategic importance to NATO, thus the money they spend there is on defense for the sake of defense and they let everything else go to hell. 

If NATO was to collapse I imagine the Russians would actually try and improve the city. 

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researchfix Sabbath Wed, 07/11/2018 - 04:06 Permalink

...over a dozen Russian cities and none have been as poorly maintained as Kaliningrad

I have not been to Kaliningrad, but to other cities. There is a construction boom everywhere, quality of housing going up for at least a decade. Poorly maintained seems to describe another great country, which should change to maintenance mode.

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Sabbath researchfix Wed, 07/11/2018 - 05:14 Permalink

In calling Kaliningrad a dump I was making a comparative statement within Russia. Moscow is booming, so are other cities. I saw tremendous change in Moscow in the last three years, and road infrastructure is *gradually* improving everywhere. As Haus-Targaryen stated, the place is essentially seen by the govt as being solely of strategic military importance, instead of providing any sort of economic/tourist benefits, which is of course a shame as the city was once the jewel of Prussia.

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