Putin sends Russian troops to North Korea over fears US could launch attack

Russian troops have been moving to the border (Picture: Youtube – GERID)

Vladimir Putin has sent troops to Russia’s border with North Korea, over fears Donald Trump is planning an attack on Pyongyang.

The Russian President is concerned any attack on North Korea’s capital could lead to a mass of North Korean refugees fleeing into Russia.

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Alarming footage appears to show troops and trains loaded with military equipment reinforcing the 11 mile-long border, according to the Daily Mail.

And military helicopters can be seen flying towards the border, as combat vehicles drive over rough terrain.

Just a few days ago it was revealed that China had sent out 150,000 soldiers to its southern frontier to cope with the tidal wave of North Korea which could arrive if a war breaks out.

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As well as a potential mass exodus of North Korean refugees, Putin may also fear the risk of contamination in the event a US strike hits Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons.

Konstantin Asmolov, an expert on North Korea, said: ‘Should the US strike with missiles at North Korea’s nuclear facilities, a radioactive cloud will reach Vladivostok within two hours.’

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Russian military spokesman Alexander Gordeyev declined to give the exact reasons for the troop and equipment movements but said exercises had recently ended in the TransBaikal region of Siberia.

Military veteran Stanislva Sinitsyn said: ‘The movement of military equipment by different means of transport to southern areas is being observed across Primorsky region over the past week.

‘Many relate this to the situation in the Korean peninsula.

Putin sends Russian troops to North Korea over fears US could launch attack

President Putin at the Grand Kremlin Palace today (Picture: Getty)

Putin sends Russian troops to North Korea over fears US could launch attack

A Russian tank at the border (Picture: Youtube – GERID)

‘The movement of military equipment means that authorities of our country are keeping up with the situation – and take appropriate measures.

‘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.’

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It’s been a week of high tension between the two countries.

On Sunday US and South Korean officials confirmed North Korea had carried out a failed nuclear missile test.

Mr Sinitsyn added: ‘It is not the first time that North Korea has broken the peace in the region, that’s why this situation deserves attention.’

Putin sends Russian troops to North Korea over fears US could launch attack

Russian troop movements (Picture: Youtube – GERID)

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