Is Belarus ready for war? Lukashenka orders to test readiness of territorial defense forces

A readiness test of the territorial defense forces will be arranged in Belarus, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka ordered at the government conference on territorial defense on Wednesday.

 “I want the State Secretariat to make sure that within a certain timeframe — we have yet to choose that — upon my order we can deploy territorial defense forces in a district, a town or a city, and another territory within an oblast. Let’s see how well territorial defense forces operate,” Lukashenka said.

The head of state noted that plans on deploying the territorial defense forces had been drafted in Belarus, the installations the forces are supposed to protect had been specified. At that, the Belarusian leader expressed concern about a number of things.

 “We have the plans, we know the installations, we have done the paperwork, we have people, commanders and so on, but are we ready to utilize the entire territorial defense system in wartime conditions?”

In time of peace the territorial defense system is controlled by the General Staff, municipal government agencies, and military registration and enlistment offices. Lukashenka stressed he wants every oblast governor, every mayor to know how they should act, to know rough personnel numbers of their territorial defense forces, to know specific people, who are not officers.

Apart from that, he gave instructions to stock up on armaments and other material resources that the territorial defense forces may need.

“We should work on it so that every oblast governor would know these things as well as they know the technology of the sowing campaign, for instance,” Lukashenka said., following BelTA

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