The new deployment of Russian aviation in Belarus is taking place as part of an exercise and is not preparation for the next offensive in the war against Ukraine. This is stated in the intelligence report of the British Ministry of Defense.
From January 16 to February 1, Russian-Belarusian tactical flight exercises will be held in Belarus. According to intelligence data, amateur spotters recorded the arrival of 12 Russian Mi-8 support helicopters, Mi-24 and Ka-52 attack helicopters in the country. Some of them were marked «Z» and landed at the Machulishchi air base near Minsk.
«The new deployment of Russian aviation in Belarus is most likely a real exercise, and not preparation for any additional offensive operations against Ukraine» ;, – the message says.
It was noted, however, that despite the fact that Russia keeps a large number of troops in Belarus, they are mainly engaged in training. It is unlikely that these are reliable offensive forces.
- The Pentagon assessed the possibility of Belarus to enter the war against Ukraine.