More than fifty(50) units of military equipment were transferred from Grodno to Brest Oblast in Belarus on June 2. As per Ukrainian media reports, the equipment was brought on vehicles marked with red squares, and belonged to the Belarus Armed Forces. It is worth noting that, earlier on May 30, state news agencies have made an announcement that Belarus would undertake military mobilisation drills in the Gomel region in June and July.
Notably, Belarus’ Gomel area borders Ukraine in the south and, in places, the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant catastrophe. It connects a border with Russia to the east. Between June 22 to July 1, planned exercises with army commissariats and armed forces will be held, as per reports quoting the statement of Andrey Krivonosov, military commissar of the Gomel area.
Army training for territorial defence groups will take place from June 28 to July 16, as per Krivonosov. Belarus, a strong Russian ally, made a statement in March that its military forces were not participating in what Moscow refers to as its “special operation” in Ukraine, but it did act as a staging area for Russia to transfer thousands of military men across the border on February 24. On May 26, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, established a new military command for the nation’s southern border with Ukraine.
On May 26, Belarus’ self-proclaimed President Alexander Lukashenko made an announcement about the establishment of a new operational management, the Southern, in the Belarusian armed forces, and indicated a possible war in the nation. On May 27, Lukashenko issued orders to organise a “people’s militia” in the nation.
As per several reports, Belarusian rescuers are also preparing to work in “unique conditions” and will receive firearms in the coming weeks. Furthermore, the government of Russia is using Belarusian territory as a takeoff pad for missile attacks on civilian Ukrainian cities & the deployment of armed soldiers. Belarus, Russia’s closest ally, also provides arms to the nations.