There are growing fears that the mass build up of joint activities of combat coordination of both Russian and Belarusian troops along with the military exercises is the highest since the Cold War.
The Belarusian Defence Ministry announced last Sunday that along with Vladimir Putin’s forces they are extending training exercises.
Ukraine believe that a new invasion from Belarus in the north could be imminent as the joint training between Putin and Alexander Lukashenko is fuelling fears he could join Russian forces in a fresh invasion, which could see them push towards Kyiv.
Ukraine’s Colonel Roman Voloschuk of the 104th Territorial Defense brigade, said he is confident his units will repel any new Russian invasion from the north.
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He said, “They can try, but we’re ready for them. We’ve prepared, every turn and every junction has been dug up.
“There will be colossal resistance from every building.”
The Belarusian Ministry of Defence said in a press statement, “As previously reported, today, as part of the joint activities of combat coordination of the regional grouping of troops (forces) of Belarus and Russia, the artillery units of the 11th separate mechanised brigade are being prepared to perform tasks as intended.
“The progress of the activities was checked by the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Republic of Belarus, Major General Viktor Gulevich.”
Konrad Muzak, head of the defence analysis firm Rochan Consulting, warned that the intensity of the joint military exercises in Belarus, are the highest since the Cold War.
The defence analyst believes there is a 50-50 chance that President Lukashenko could order as many as 200,000 conscripts, and Russia have 15,000 soldiers in Belarus that could also invade Ukraine.
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