Belarus holds drills to ‘liberate territory’

The Belarusian Defense Ministry announced the start of “territorial liberation” exercises near the border with Poland, the capital Minsk and the northeastern province of Vitebsk.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry said today that the drills, expected to last a week, will practice “liberating territory temporarily occupied by the enemy” and regaining control of border areas.

According to the ministry, the extent of troops and military equipment participating in the exercise does not require them to provide notice under the guidelines of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Ukraine has stationed troops and established defenses along the border with Belarus amid many signals that its northern neighbor might join the Russian military campaign underway in Ukraine. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, an ally of Russia, in February allowed Russian troops to use the territory to enter Ukraine.





Belarusian tanks participated in the 2022 International Military Games (Army Games) hosted by Russia near Moscow last month.  Photo: AFP.

Belarusian tanks participated in the 2022 International Military Games (Army Games) hosted by Russia near Moscow last month. Image: AFP.

President Lukashenko in July accused Ukraine of launching missile attacks on Belarusian military facilities. Mr. Lukashenko said that Belarus’ Pantsir air defense complex prevented the attack, and said that Ukraine was provocative.

Meanwhile, Ukraine at the end of June said that a missile launched from Belarus had targeted an area close to the border inside its territory.

A few days later, Mr. Lukashenko continued to accuse the West of planning to attack Russia through Belarus and Ukraine, but did not provide evidence. He said he had discussed “Western plots” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisting that the country’s military must be “highly alert and focused”.

Huyen Le (Theo Guardian)

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