Under the guise of exercises Zapad-2017 in Belarus, Russia may create a new strike force for the invasion of Ukraine. This was stated by President Petro Poroshenko in his speech in Parliament, the correspondent of LIGA.net.
“The main threat from the Russian military. There’s still no sign that Moscow was ready to withdraw from the Donbass or to withdraw from Crimea. And the evidence of its preparation of war on a continental scale all the more. For example, the Russian-Belarusian exercises Zapad-2017. Although it would be logical to call them “Anti-West”, – he said.
Poroshenko noted that it was therefore increased control on the state border.
“Under the guise of a strategic command and staff exercises does not exclude the creation of a new strike groups of Russian troops to invade Ukraine. Seven thousand platforms with soldiers and equipment close to our border. And, unfortunately, there is no guarantee that upon completion of the maneuvers, it would come back home from Belarus to Russia”, – he added.
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West-2017 – joint strategic exercises of the armies of Russia and Belarus, will be held from 14 to 20 September. The Russian military began to arrive in Belarus in late July. Officially announced the participation of up to 13 thousand military, anecdotal evidence suggests a much larger group of troops up to 100 thousand people. The exercises will be held in two stages – in Russia and at seven landfills in Belarus.
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The Kremlin is likely to leave the military in Belarus, according to the General staff of the armed forces. NATO suspects that Moscow may use the exercises as a “Trojan horse.”
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