Belarus sends troops to border with Ukraine

Viktar Hulevich, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and First Deputy Defense Minister of Belarus, said that five battalion tactical groups are now serving on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border jointly with the border guards.

Viktar Hulevich.
Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus.

According to him, it is done “to prevent the penetration of various nationalist armed groups, illegal delivery of weapons, ammunition, and explosives into the territory of the Republic of Belarus from Ukraine. They “carry out tasks of reconnaissance, patrolling, protection of facilities and protection on the roads.”

“Soon, we plan to replace them also with five battalions of tactical groups,” said the chief of the General Staff.

At the same time, he said, the units that have fulfilled their tasks “will return to their permanent deployment places and begin planned daily activities.”

Hulevich emphasized that “the movement of troops is in no way connected with the preparation, let alone participation of the Belarusian military in a special military operation in Ukraine.”