Russia and Belarus began joint military exercises near the Belarusian border near Ukraine, further heightening tensions in the region and prompted Kiev to carry out its own military exercises accordingly.
Russian and Belarus military training, which began on February 10, is reported to last for 10 days. Moscow deployed an army of 30,000 while almost the entire Belarusian army participated in the exercises.
According to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stortenberg, Russia may use the Spetsnaz Special Operations Force, the S-400 missile defense system, the SU-35 fighter jet, and the nuclear-capable Iskander missile during the joint exercise. It is expected.
Ukraine will start the wargame on Thursday and will run until February 20th. The Ukrainian Army will deploy NLAW anti-tank weapons, Javelin anti-tank missiles, and Bayraktar drones for exercises. About 10,000 troops are participating in the training.
“Ukrainian troops are ready. We are competent and will not abandon a meter of Ukrainian land without fighting,” said Ukrainian general Oleksandr Syrskyi. Sky news.. Ukrainian military training is conducted near borders where enemy attacks are likely.
Russia also sent six warships to Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. These warships will participate in scheduled naval training in the Black Sea.
Ukraine has criticized Moscow for blocking parts of the Black Sea, Kerch Strait, and Sea of Azov with naval exercises. These blockades make navigation in both seas “virtually impossible” and adversely affect international shipping and trade, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
“This is a manifestation of public disregard for the norms and principles of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations, the UN General Assembly resolution, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” the ministry said in officials. statement February 10.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for a potential invasion of Ukraine as one of the important moments for Europe these days. Press conference With Stoltenberg. “Honestly, I don’t think a decision has been made yet (by Moscow), but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible that something absolutely tragic can happen right away,” Johnson said. Told.
“This is probably the most dangerous moment. In the coming days, Europe is the biggest security crisis it has faced for decades, and we need to get it right.”