Russia deployed troops and began military exercises in Belarus, north of Ukraine

Joint military exercises of the Armed Forces of Russia and Belarus (BELTA/)

Effective of the russian forces located in belarus start this thursday military exercise tactical in polygons of the Belarusian Armythe Russian Defense Ministry reported on its Telegram channel.

The exercises, which are carried out at the company level, aim to improve the coordination of the units, according to the military statement.

“The military carry out shooting practices with light weapons and mortars. They study tactical medicine and other disciplines,” added Defense, who specified that the Russian troops are part of the Russian-Belarusian regional military group.

Last October the dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, announced that he had agreed with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putinthe deployment of a joint regional group of troops for “the aggravation on the western borders of the State Union.”

According to minskthe total number of the Russian component of the group consists of up to 9,000 servicemen, about 170 tanks, up to 200 armored fighting vehicles and up to 100 guns and mortars with a caliber of more than 100 millimeters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Belarusian dictator Alexandr Lukashenko (L)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (d) and Belarusian dictator Alexandr Lukashenko (i) (MIKHAIL VOSKRESENSKIY / KREMLIN /)

The authorities of Ukraine They accuse the Belarusian regime of being complicit in Russian aggression, and have warned Minsk that in the event that Belarusian soldiers break into Ukrainian soil, the Ukrainian Army’s response will be devastating.

Precisely from the territory of Belarus, the Russian Army launched its failed offensive against kyiv at the beginning of its military campaign in Ukraine, which culminated in a withdrawal, qualified by Moscow as a “goodwill gesture”.

Lukashenko has stated on several occasions that his country will not enter the war in Ukraine alongside Russia.

belarusbegan to deploy troops and military material to counter what he described as terrorist threatamid indications that Moscow may be putting pressure on Minsk to open a new front in the war against Ukraine.

lukashenkowhich resorted to Russian troops to quell a popular revolt two years ago, has allowed his country to serve as a base for the invasion of russia to your neighbor.

So far it has prevented its own military from joining it, but recent weeks have seen increasing signs of involvement by Moscow in Belarus. On Saturday, the Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, flew unannounced to the capital Minsk. The minister and his Belarusian counterpart, Viktor Khreninsigned amendments to the security cooperation agreement between the two countries, without disclosing the new terms.

Thousands of Russian troops have been deployed in Belarus since October, according to Ukraine, and Belarusian authorities are increasingly speaking of a threat of “terrorism” by “guerrillas” operating from the other side of the border. lukashenko has ordered its military to collect information on the reservists by the end of this year.

On Wednesday, the Security Council of Belarusquoted by the state news agency beltadeclared that in the next two days troops and material would be transferred to the country, with imitation weapons for him training.

He did not give details about the number of troops or the type of materials that would be moved, nor to what locations, nor about the nature of the training exercises. In Minsk, residents said there were no outward signs of unusual activity.

(With information from EFE)

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