War in Ukraine, Putin’s action shocks everyone: what happens to the forces in Belarus

Russia has withdrawn its military contingent from Belarus, according to reports from Ukrainian border authorities and an independent Belarusian military monitoring website, in a news item relaunched by Moscow News. Last October, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced the deployment of a joint military group with Russian allies to his country. However, according to the independent Belarussky Hajun group, Russian personnel were withdrawn in early July, while the entire aviation group departed in early August, bringing back 11 attack and transport helicopters, as well as nine fighter jets. .

Ukrainian Border Guard Service spokesman Andrii Demchenko said yesterday that “virtually all” Russian forces in Belarus have left the country, while “no new units have arrived”. The Russian Ministry of Defense did not comment on the matter. According to the Russian investigative website iStories, there are still 2,500 Russian Wagner mercenaries in Belarus, sheltered after the agreement that ended the June 23 insurrection led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, former chef of Vladimir Putin, later killed in a bomb attack while flying aboard one of his aircraft.

Source: IL Tempo