Russia send huge tanks for combat drills as tensions rise in Ukraine crisis.

RUSSIA sparked panic by sending fake signals that its warplanes were taking off to attack Ukraine, it was revealed yesterday.

Vladimir Putin’s boffins are believed to have placed military jet radar transponders on trucks and vehicles moving around air bases in a ruse to create alarm.

The trick encouraged Western satellite monitors to believe huge numbers of aircraft were taxiing for take off to blitz Ukraine.

And the deception on Sunday succeeded in ramping up tension further, goading American and British leaders to launch a united show of military force the following day.

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