Belarus has announced deployment of 'special operation forces' on the border with Ukraine
10 May, 2022

The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus has announced the deployment of 'special forces units' on the border with Ukraine. The Ministry says it must react because the Armed Forces of Ukraine allegedly amassed 20,000 people in the 'Southern Operational Area.'

"To ensure the security of the Republic of Belarus in the southern direction, the country deploys the forces of special operations units in three tactical directions," the statement says.

Belarus claims that the US and its allies are increasing their military presence near Belarusian borders, saying that the number of naval and air-based cruise missiles has increased in the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas and that the quantity of air groups has allegedly increased in Poland the Baltic States.

Earlier, UK intelligence reported that Belarus was conducting military exercises in May, which is in line with their schedule, but Russia can use the exercises to hold back Ukrainian troops in the north and prevent them from moving in for the battle of Donbas.

Belarus and the war in Ukraine

Belarus did not send troops to Ukraine, instead the country provided its territory for Russian troops to shell Ukraine. According to estimates by the monitoring group Belaruskyi Hajun, at least 631 missiles were launched from the territory of Belarus on Ukraine since the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Russian occupiers, who received radiation at the Chornobyl NPP, received treatment in Belarus. The self-proclaimed President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, actively supports Putin's policy.

Although many countries and organizations are imposing sanctions on both Russia and Belarus in response to the aggression against Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) does not consider Belarus as a party to the war against Ukraine.