At least 150 military vehicles have arrived at the Lepelsky training ground in Vitebsk Oblast of Belarus, with more Russian military units continuing to deploy there, the Belarusian branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported on Jan. 16.
In its article, RFE/RL included pictures of Planet Labs satellite imagery from the training ground dated Jan. 6.
Lepelsky is one of the first training grounds where Russian equipment and military personnel began to arrive after the announcement of joint exercises of the so-called regional grouping of forces of the Russian Federation and Belarus.
A large number of vehicles are now visible there, including KamAZ trucks, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. Two field camps of approximately 14 and 30 tents can also be seen on the east and west sides of the training area.
To the north of the training ground is the Zaslonova railway station, from which a road leads directly to the training ground through the military town and the forest. At the station, you can see two trains with wagons and flatbed trucks for transporting tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.
The RFE/RL journalists said that judging by the shadows cast, mainly tanks or infantry fighting vehicles are visible on the trains. Military trucks are also visible.
The air forces of Russia and Belarus began joint flight and tactical training in Belarus on Jan. 16. The Ukrainian Air Force believes that they are not yet a threat – the Ukrainian military is monitoring the situation, and the airfields are under intelligence surveillance.
Kyiv City Military Administration noted that a repeat attack on Kyiv by Belarus may happen in the future, but these exercises should not be perceived as a direct threat to the capital.
Spokesman of the State Border Service Andriy Demchenko said on Jan. 6 that the situation on the border with Belarus remains under control, and that Ukrainian border guards have not detected the movement of enemy equipment or personnel near the border.
Lieutenant General Oleksandr Pavlyuk, commander of the defense of Kyiv, said that the threat of an invasion from Belarus remains unlikely, despite the Russians’ deployment of military equipment to the country’s territory and planned joint exercises.