Belarus increases military combat readiness in response to NATO

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Belarus increases military combat readiness in response to NATO

Belarus has ramped up its military activity as of Wednesday, claiming that it’s in response to NATO’s joint exercises between US armed forces and their allies.

Several statements from Belarusian defense officials and military leaders have confirmed that the Russia-aligned country is increasing its military readiness due to the Defender Europe 2022 exercises, Newsweek reported.

Belarusian Minister of Defense Viktor Khrenin announced on Tuesday that the country was taking the “second step” of “snap readiness checks” of the armed forces.

“The United States and their allies continue to increase their military presence near the state borders of the Republic of Belarus,” said Khrenin.

“In the past six months the accumulation of forces has doubled, both in terms of quantity and of quality.”

A video that was published on Tuesday showed that the Belarusian military already had implemented a few of the new strategies.

“As part of the second stage of checking the immediate reaction forces, battalion tactical groups were advanced to the Western and Northwestern operational directions,” Major-General Viktor Gulevich said in a statement.

Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin  confirmed that Belarus has increased its military readiness.
Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin confirmed that Belarus has increased its military readiness.
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Belarus has also dispatched troops to three areas along the southern border.
Belarus has also dispatched troops to three areas along the southern border.
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A video that was published on Tuesday showed that the Belarusian military already had implemented a few of the new strategies.
A video that was published on Tuesday showed that the Belarusian military already had implemented a few of the new strategies.
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“To strengthen them, air defense, missile forces and artillery units are being moved forward to ensure their combat functioning.”

Both statements have alarmed leaders of other nations as up until recently Belarus has stayed out of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Belarus also announced that they will be deploying special operations troops to three areas near the country’s southern border, which it shares with Ukraine. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko hinted that he may use Russian-made missiles in order to bolster the country’s defenses.

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