Belarus transferring tanks to border with Poland and Lithuania, say local monitors
Army of Belarus (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Belarus)
At least 20 tanks are being transferred to a training ground in Belarus closer to the border with Poland and Lithuania, the Belarusian Hajun monitoring project reported on the Telegram messenger on Dec. 14.
According to the monitors, the training ground is located near the city of Grodno in the north-west of Belarus.
In addition, other units of the Belarusian armed forces are on their second day of a “combat readiness check.”
According to the monitoring group, the following units will also be involved in the “check”:
- the 40th separate mechanized battalion of the 11th separate mechanized brigade;
- the 105th separate mechanized battalion of the 11th separate mechanized brigade;
- an engineering and sapper battalion of the 11th separate mechanized brigade.
The deployment from base of these units has not yet been announced.
The monitors also said the units of the immediate reaction forces from the 11th separate mechanized brigade from the city of Slonim and the 19th separate mechanized brigade from the village of Zaslonovo, the Lepel district, are expected to march to the training grounds, including overcoming water obstacles.
The monitoring group added the units of the 19th separate mechanized brigade would cross the Berezina River across the bridges in Minsk Region.
Belarus started snap combat readiness drills of its troops on Dec. 13 on the orders of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
Earlier on Dec. 7, Belarus announced the movement of troops and military equipment, citing a “counter-terrorist threat.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Nov. 16 that an invasion by Belarus makes no sense now. However, he confirmed that the concentration of troops in Belarus has increased.
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