A contingent of 9,000 Russian soldiers deployed in Belarus, neighboring Ukraine | War in Ukraine
About 170 Russian tanks and 200 other armored vehicles are to be deployed in Belarus, according to the Belarusian defense minister's adviser for international military cooperation, Valéri Revenko.
Up to 9,000 Russian soldiers and about 170 tanks will be deployed in Belarus, an ally of Russia, to integrate the new military grouping created between the two countries, the Belarusian Ministry of Defense announced on Monday.
The creation of this new force supposed to defend the borders of Belarus against a Ukrainian threat was announced last week, at a time when Russia suffered several setbacks in its offensive in Ukraine.
The total number of Russian soldiers supposed to arrive in Belarus is up to 9,000, the Belarusian Defense Minister's adviser for international military cooperation, Valery Revenko, said on Telegram.
According to him, Russia will also send to Belarus about 170 tanks, up to 200 (other) armored vehicles and up to 100 weapons and mortars with a caliber above 100 mm.
Russian units will be deployed to four training grounds in eastern and central Belarus, where they will participate in exercises including combat fire and anti-aircraft missile fire , Revenko said.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last week accused Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine of planning terrorist attacks and an uprising in Belarus and announced the deployment of this regional military grouping.
Belarus and Russia recently created a regional defense force. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Belarus assures that this force will only be defensive and aims to secure its border.
< p class="e-p">This summer, Russia promised Belarus to deliver Iskander M missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, and to modernize its military aircraft in the coming months.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, meanwhile, accused Moscow of wanting to drag Belarus into war and called on the G7 for an international observation mission on its border with Belarus.
While Belarus has not sent soldiers to fight in Ukraine, it has made its territory available to Russian forces as a rear base. According to kyiv, Moscow is carrying out bombardments on Ukraine from Belarus.