Belarusian-Russian exercise raises concerns over new front
A new Russian-Belarusian military maneuver is fueling fears in Ukraine of a Russian offensive from neighboring Belarus. According to the Ministry of Defense of Belarus, the air force and army exercises began on Monday morning, as announced. They are defensive and should last until February 1st. A representative of the Security Council of Belarus accused Ukraine of provocations on Sunday.
Kyiv’s government has repeatedly warned that Russia could open a new front in northern Belarus, a close ally. Belarus (Belarus), on the other hand, has declared that it will not enter the war. Moscow’s government has described the speculation as “groundless” and “stupid” and is urging the ally to participate more. Russia used Belarus as a launching pad for the invasion of Ukraine.