Neighbor and ally of Russia, Belarus announcement so-called “wartime transition” drills on Tuesday as Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine shows no signs of abating in its fourth month.
The Belarusian Defense Ministry said all its army units, command centers and personnel will undertake “a series of training sessions on the transition from peacetime to wartime”.
He said in a statement that the combat readiness drills followed the last fielding and were part of the army’s 2021-2022 plan.
The announcement comes two weeks after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko order the creation of a “Southern Operational Command” in response to military exercises in the region by what he called “the United States and its satellites”.
“It is a condition of war, but without [active] war at the moment,” Lukashenko told his top defense officials on May 26.
In May, Belarus launched “surprise” military maneuvers test the reaction capacity of his army.
Lukashenko, who publicly supported Russia’s invasion, is accused of allowing Moscow to use his country as a staging ground for its devastating but ultimately failed attempt to advance into northern Ukraine and take the capital Kyiv.
Belarus was therefore the target of extensive Western sanctions imposed following the invasion.