Russia sends paratroopers to Belarus for military exercises

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Russian paratroopers from the Moscow Airborne Guards Unit are in Belarus, Interfax reports, citing the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry.

On Thursday, together with their Belarusian colleagues, they conducted exercises to practice storming a building at the test site near Brest.

Russian servicemen parachuted out of the Mi-8 MTV-5 helicopter, stormed, freed the hostages and cleared the building seized by a hypothetical enemy.

The “urban assault” is “one of the most difficult exercises,” the Defense Ministry said, adding that the exercises took place under heavy rain and strong gusty winds.

The exercises took place as part of the Army International Polar Star Competition, which kicked off in Belarus on Sunday, August 23, at the height of mass protests, when more than 200,000 people took to the streets across Belarus.

The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the formation of a “reserve” of law enforcement officers who can be sent to Belarus to help Alexander Lukashenko, who is facing the worst political crisis in 26 years.

The reserve was created at Lukashenko’s request, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

This was done “in accordance with the obligations that are spelled out for Russia in two treaties: the Collective Security Treaty and the Treaty on the Union State,” Peskov said, adding that Russian units “in case of extreme necessity can prevent extremist actions in the republic.”

Peskov refused to specify the size of the reserve and its composition: whether it includes only employees of the Russian National Guard, or even the military.

“Russia has not interfered, nor does it interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus,” he said, adding that the Kremlin assumes that Belarus “will not face” a situation where Russia’s military assistance is needed.

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6 comments

  • How could people winning 80% of the vote be considered extremist?!

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    • You how Russian ass backward thinking goes. Anything remotely democratic and transparent is extremist.

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      • A Red Square Maidan is the only thing that will cure Putinism.

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        • It might do redders and I certainly hope so! I don’t have much confidence that there is enough support for it, as it would take many millions on the streets to have an effect. But then if they could mobilize in such numbers, would they be pushing for change to liberal democracy, or would they be championing the cause of yet another vile dictator, which seems to be what is happening in Siberia?

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          • As time moves on, we see different variations of protests in Moskovia. Truckers, doctors, protesting arrests, court actions, waste management, corruption, imperialism and denying the opposition. As we saw with Maidan, if these various groups come together it can start a fire. Yes, its not likely considering they were raised to die for the Kremlin but I fear it would be the only way to truly change the Kremlin. It is SO overdue to sanction the Mouse King himself.

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