No indication of any type of offensive action from Belarus, Pentagon says

13 January, 11:45 AM
The United States said that Russian forces conducted exercises with the troops of Belarus (Photo:www.facebook.com/mod.mil.by)

The United States said that Russian forces conducted exercises with the troops of Belarus (Photo:www.facebook.com/mod.mil.by)

There is no indication of any type of imminent offensive action from Belarus, Pentagon spokesman General Patrick Ryder said at a press briefing on Jan. 12.

“In terms of Belarus – it’s an area that we continue to keep a close eye on,” Ryder said.

“We do know that Russian forces have conducted exercises with Belarus forces, but at this time, no indication of any type of offensive action that looks imminent. But again, we’ll continue to closely monitor.”

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Ryder stressed there is nothing at this stage that he would consider concerning.

Earlier, the Ukrainian commander tasked with defending Kyiv, Lt. Gen. Oleksandr Pavlyuk, said that the threat of an invasion from Belarus remains low, despite the Russians pooling military equipment into the country and conducting maneuvers.

Andriy Demchenko, spokesman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, said the situation at Ukraine’s border with Belarus was under control.

Speaking on Jan. 6, Demchenko said that Ukrainian border guards haven’t observed any threatening movements by Belarusian military personnel or vehicles.

In December 2022, the Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said in an interview with UK news magazine The Economist that Russia could potentially mount another push towards Kyiv from across the Belarus border.

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