Russia trains dumped armored vehicles in Belarus, tanks spotted near Minsk
Column of Russian armored vehicles last weekend were seen in several regions of Russia, where will the exercises “West-2017”, as well as on the territory of Belarus. This is reported by users of social networks.
The movement of military equipment of the armed forces was recorded in Kursk, Voronezh, Vologda, Yaroslavl, and Leningrad regions and Krasnodar region – in the field of direct exercises or close to the border with Belarus.
In addition, as noted by users, the tier of tanks arrived in the Belarusian railway station Molodechno near Minsk.
“West-2017” joint doctrine of the Armed forces of Russia and Belarus, scheduled for the period from 14 to 20 September this year. According to official data of the Russian Federation, the exercise will be attended by up to 13 thousand troops, according to Western analysts, up to 100 thousand.
The Ukrainian military leadership has repeatedly stressed that the upcoming exercises can serve as a cover for more aggressive actions from the Russian side.
Exercises “West-2013” allowed Russia to prepare for the annexation of Crimea, and “West-2009” – resulted in the testing of a nuclear strike on Warsaw.
The Kremlin insists that the scripts that are reproduced in these exercises are purely defensive. NATO, in turn, in anticipation of the exercise actively increasing its military presence in the Baltic region.
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