Belarusian special forces near Ukrainian border

Belarus announced the deployment of special forces on the southern border after accusing the Ukrainian army of rallying 20,000 troops in the area.

“To ensure security on the southern border of the Republic of Belarus, special forces will be deployed in three tactical directions,” the Belarusian Defense Ministry announced on May 10.

The agency said Ukraine’s military had assembled a force of 20,000 troops near the border with Belarus, forcing the country to take countermeasures, but gave no details on the location of the forces.

Ukraine has not commented on the information from the Ministry of Defense of Belarus.

In the photo published on May 5, Belarusian soldiers are taking part in an unscheduled exercise.  Photo: Ministry of Defense of Belarus.

In the photo published on May 5, Belarusian soldiers are taking part in an unscheduled exercise. Picture: National Defense of Belarus.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry also stated that the country’s security was “increasingly under threat” as “the United States and its allies continue to conduct military actions near the country’s borders.” It posits that western cruise missile carriers have a presence in the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas, while squadrons have an increasing presence in Poland and the Baltic States.

“Tactical battalions are being transferred to western and northwestern combat directions. Air, missile and artillery units are advancing to ensure combat capability in these directions,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Belarusian spaces have passageways.

Earlier, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Russia had agreed to help the country create ballistic missiles similar to the Iskander complex. Lukashenko also expressed his wish that Belarus would continue to use the Russian-made S-300 and S-400 air defense missile systems.

“We are pragmatists and we understand that NATO will not be defeated. However, we can cause damage, especially in areas that serve as launching points for attack waves. Attack on us,” President Lukashenko said.

Belarus announced in March that it would not take part in Russia’s military special operation in Ukraine, but warned it could join the war if attacked. Many Russian military units gathered in Belarus before invading Ukraine in late February.

President Lukashenko said on May 5 he “didn’t think the Russian campaign would last so long,” and criticized NATO for pumping large amounts of money, arms and aid into Ukraine to weaken Russia.

Location of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.  Graphic: DW.

Location of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Graphic: DW.

Nguyen Tien (Corresponding TASS, Reuters)