Moscow is gradually redeploying its troops from Belarus to eastern Ukraine, bolstering its presence in and around Donbas, Ukrainian State Border Guard Service spokesman Andriy Demchenko told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Jan. 10.
Demchenko noted that the situation on the Ukraine-Belarus border remains under control, and the State Border Guard Service sees no Belarusian troop movement nearby.
He added that another group of Russian troops is being transferred to Belarus.
“At the same time, those Russian forces that were previously training on the territory of Belarus, are being transferred to the east of our country in order to strengthen its group on the axis (Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts) where the hostilities are taking place,” said Demchenko.
According to him, Russia is ramping up tension around Ukraine’s northern border to divert Kyiv’s military resources and attention away from the ongoing fighting in eastern and southern Ukraine.
Earlier, Ukrainian commander overseeing the defense of Kyiv, Lt. Gen. Oleksandr Pavlyuk, said that the threat of another invasion from Belarus remains low, despite Russia pooling military equipment into the country and conducting maneuvers.
In December 2022, the Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said in an interview with The Economist that Russia could potentially mount another push towards Kyiv from across the Belarus border.