Belarus conducts military drills near Ukraine, EU border

Belarus conducts military drills near Ukraine, EU border
# 02 April 2024 13:03 (UTC +04:00)

Belarus on Tuesday began military drills in areas near the border of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland, the Belarusian defence ministry said, APA reports citing DW.

The military exercises are going to continue for three days in the Gomel and Grodno regions and seek to train officers and territorial defence troops on how to defend their respective regions.

The troops will also learn the procedure they will need to follow in case martial law is enacted, the ministry said on the Telegram messaging app.

"A command and staff exercise is being conducted with the 336th reactive artillery brigade as part of the build-up of the combat readiness check of formations and military units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus," the Defence Ministry of Belarus said.

The military drills are being conducted under the supervision of the chief of the missile troops and artillery of the Armed Forces, it said.

Belarus is Russia's closest ally but its relations with Western countries have deteriorated in the past few years. Especially after Belarus allowed Russia to use its territory to launch an attack on Kyiv.

Last week, Lithuania, Baltic EU and NATO member states protested against the statements made by Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko.

Lukashenko had spoken about a possible military attack against the neighbouring countries.
A video shared on Telegram showed him talking about how the Belarusian army is prepared to attack parts of Poland or Lithuania if necessary.

The Suwalki Corridor runs between the two EU and NATO states which border the Russian Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad and Russia's close ally Belarus.

Lukashenko's statements hinted at the unsustainability of the Suwalki corridor and included instructions to arrange for a possible altercation of the Belarusian army with the Baltic states and Poland.

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