December 9, 2022

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Deployment on border with Ukraine: Kremlin sends troops to joint forces with Belarus

Deployment on the border with Ukraine
Kremlin sends soldiers to joint forces with Belarus

Should Ukraine fear another escalation? Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin and Belarus’s ruler Lukashenko want to form a joint force and station it on the Belarusian border with Ukraine. Now the first Russian players are coming to Belarus.

Russia has sent the first soldiers to the neighboring country for a joint force with Belarus. The Belarusian Defense Ministry in Minsk confirmed the arrival of several trains carrying Russian soldiers. No information was provided on current troop numbers or future strength of the joint force.

Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko announced on Monday that he would form a regional force with Russia. Given the rising tensions, it was intended to protect the Belarusian border.

Russia, which has used Belarus as a staging ground for its war against Ukraine, has also been conducting airstrikes on Ukrainian targets from there. Military observers have so far considered intervention in the Belarus war unlikely. The unpopular move could shake Lukashenko’s position of power in the country.

Deployment binds Ukrainian forces

On the other hand, a Russian-Belarusian deployment along the border connects Ukrainian forces, which are absent in the east and south of the attacked country. A number of 120,000 Russian soldiers are being circulated in the Belarusian opposition to Lukashenko, who are said to be stationed in Belarus in the coming months. In addition, the Belarusian army is said to be increased from around 45,000 to 100,000 through mobilization measures. There is no official confirmation for this.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of wanting to “draw Belarus directly into this war” and called for an international observer mission to the Ukrainian-Belarusian border. Belarus is financially and politically dependent on Russia as an ally. In the months leading up to Russian military action in Ukraine, Lukashenko allowed Russian troops to be stationed in Belarus. Belarusian soldiers have not yet taken part in the attack.

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