Russia sent tanks near the border, Belarus fears a repeat of the ‘Ukrainian scenario’
MOSCOW, (BM) – In the last 72 hours, tensions between Belarus and Russia have escalated and there is a possibility that this will lead to sudden military action by Russia, he learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
We recall that Belarus has launched military exercises on the border with Russia, which is the main reason for the reaction of official Moscow. In this tense situation, official Minsk fears that Russia could take advantage of the country’s instability and implement Ukraine’s scenario of occupying part of the territories ahead of the August presidential election.
At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Defense sent the following communiqué:
“The practical stage of the bilateral command and staff exercises of the combined arms army of the Western Military District will take place at the Pogonovo training ground in the Voronezh Region.
As part of checking the actions of army units, tank subunits of the Vistula motorized rifle division, with the support of motorized riflemen, will repel an attack by superior forces of a simulated enemy and launch a counteroffensive in the dynamically changing situation of modern combat.
Particular attention in the exercise will be paid to the management of reconnaissance and strike contours and interaction with the command and control bodies of the attached forces.
Also, during the check, the servicemen will work out the tasks of a non-military solution to a local conflict in an area captured by the “enemy” settlement.
In total, more than 3 thousand servicemen of the Guards Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District and about 800 units of weapons, special and military equipment were involved in exercises at military training grounds in the Voronezh, Moscow, Bryansk, Belgorod, Smolensk and Kursk regions.
Bilateral command and staff exercises are preparation for participation in the Kavkaz-2020 strategic command and staff exercises and are held under the leadership of Lieutenant General Andrey Ivanaev, commander of the ZVO Guards Combined Arms Army.“
Alexander Lukashenko, the country’s president for the past 25 years, has publicly accused Russia and the west of seeking to interfere in the country’s elections. He claimed last week that Russian mercenaries could be sent to the country to organize a “Maidan”, a reference to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution that overthrew the then president, Viktor Yanukovych.
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