Belarus to Hold Military Exercises Near Ukraine Border

The Military commissar of the Gomel region Andrei Krivonosov said the Armed Forces of Belarus will conduct military exercises in the southeastern region of Belarus (Gomel region) along the border of Ukraine.

Krivonosov said the planned military exercises would begin on June 22 and end on July 1.  

Krivonosov added that military drills scheduled for the end of June are regular events held in various regions to build the ability of registered and enlisted armed forces on combat and mobilization readiness.  

“During the exercise period, traffic will be limited in certain territories next to the facilities of the Armed Forces. In addition, fire training activities are planned at shooting ranges located in the Gomel region,” Krivonosov said, as reported by Ukrainian News. 

Krivonosov also said that from June 28 to July 16, the training would focus on territorial defense formations. 

In March, Belarus said its armed forces would not take part in Russia’s “special operation” in Ukraine, but it had served as a launchpad for thousands of Russian troops to cross the border into Ukraine on February 24. 

On May 26, self-proclaimed Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko created a new military command for its south border with Ukraine. 

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