Russia to redeploy 2,000 troops from Belarus to Donbas, Ukraine says

6 April, 01:17 AM
Troops of Belarus (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Belarus/Telegram)

Troops of Belarus (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Belarus/Telegram)

Moscow plans to withdraw around 2,000 newly-trained troops from Belarus and deploy them to eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian State Border Guard Service spokesman Andriy Demchenko said at a briefing on April 5.

“Currently, there is a rotation of Russian military (personnel),” said Demchenko.

“We know that they have begun to withdraw some of the Russian units to the territory of Russia from Belarus after their training was complete.”

Demchenko noted that as many as 4,000 Russian soldiers were stationed on the territory of Belarus.

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“Now their number will decrease,” he added.

“According to our information, about 2,000 Russian soldiers will leave Belarus, and will be involved in military operations in eastern Ukraine in the future.”

On April 3, Belarus began a snap inspection of its armed forces combat readiness.

Earlier on April 3, the commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Serhiy Nayev, said that Ukraine is monitoring the movement of military equipment in Belarus, prepared to respond to any hostile acts.

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