On Thursday evening, the first rehearsal of the Independence Day military parade took place on the outskirts of Minsk.
The local authorities announced restricting traffic in the area.
This year, rehearsals are held near Lipki airfield. Earlier, military vehicles went through the city centre, which usually resulted in many Minskers’ getting stuck in horrendous traffic jams.
The official Independence day is celebrated on July 3, on the day of liberation of the Belarusian capital from German invaders. Such decision was taken by the republican referendum held in1996. Earlier the Independence day had been commemorated on July 27, its celebration being coincided with the day of passing the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1990.