Belarus to conduct military exercises potentially aimed at Ukraine, General Staff says

1 September, 07:02 PM
The Belarusian military will conduct training exercises (Photo:The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus/Twitter)

The Belarusian military will conduct training exercises (Photo:The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus/Twitter)

The Belarusian army is preparing for military exercises that will likely simulate “liberating” territory, Ukrainian General Staff spokesman Oleksii Hromov said at a press briefing in Kyiv on Sept. 1.

The drills are scheduled for Sept. 8-14, and will simulate Belarusian troops halting an enemy advance, with following counteroffensive maneuvers to “liberate” captured territory.

“This particular exercise will for the first time cover liberating territory captured by the enemy, and reaching the border in a counteroffensive,” said Hromov.

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Russia and its post-Soviet allies from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will also participate.

According to the official, the drills could potentially simulate seizing some Ukrainian territory near the border with Belarus.

“It’s possible that by ‘lost territory’ they could mean Ukrainian borderlands in Volyn, Rivne, and Zhytomyr oblasts,” Hromov added.

He noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready for any eventuality, although another invasion from Belarus remains unlikely.

“The likelihood of an enemy advance from Belarus, or the Belarusian army invading Ukraine, remains low,” he said.

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