‘Joint staff training’ involving Russian troops begins in Belarus

31 January, 12:39 PM
Belarus announced the start of new exercises with the Russian troops (Photo:www.facebook.com/mod.mil.by)

Belarus announced the start of new exercises with the Russian troops (Photo:www.facebook.com/mod.mil.by)

A "joint staff training" involving Belarusian and Russian troops has begun in Belarus, the Belarusian Ministry of Defense announced of on Telegram on Jan. 31. 

The ministry said that during the week representatives of the military departments of the two countries "will work on the issues of joint planning of the use of troops based on the experience of armed conflicts in recent years."

The theme of the drills is as follows: "Decision-making on the use of a regional grouping of troops (forces) in the interests of ensuring the military security of the Union State."

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The “Union State” is how Belarus and Russia describe the Moscow-dominated partnership between the Belarusian and Russian dictatorships.

The Belarusian Ministry of Defense stated that the training is "aimed at increasing the compatibility of the military authorities of the two states" and "is the next stage of preparation for the joint operational exercise" 2023 Union Shield, which will be held in Russia in September 2023.

In a December interview with UK news magazine the Economist, Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi said that Russia could launch a new offensive in February.

According to Zaluzhnyi, the offensive could take place not in Donbas, but in the direction of Kyiv from Belarus.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Jan. 24 warned that Russia was amassing forces for a new large-scale offensive.

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