Russia and Belarus have begun joint military exercises as part of combat readiness training, ahead of the planned ‘Union Resolve 2022’ military training, which will take place later this month.
The Russian Ministry of Defence published a video showing tanks, helicopters, and other military vehicles conducting exercises on a snow-covered territory.
According to the official information provided, the drills are taking place at three separate bases in Belarus. The current stage, known as combat cohesion, is designed to enable troops to practice defensive operations and techniques to fight illegal armed groups. Alongside infantry troops, the training also includes motorized units and artillery gun teams.
As was previously reported, the operational and combat training events are being held against the background of the aggravation of the military-political situation in the world and the continuing growth of tension in Europe. The goal of the training is the test of the ability of the military of the Union State to repel threats at the border.
Soldiers began to arrive in Belarus on January 18 as part of a large-scale inspection of the Union State joint response force. The planned training consists of two phases. The current phase is focused on defensive and protective practices and will run until February 9. The second part, which will take place from February 10-20, has been called ‘Union Resolve 2022’ and is aimed at practising offensive fighting and developing tactics for repelling external aggression.
Besides, today, on February 3, a Russian military delegation headed by the Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu, has arrived in Belarus, where together with the Belarusian Defence Minister, Viktor Khrenin, he will take part in observing the demonstration of the practical actions of troops.