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MADRID, 16 Jan. (.) –
The Armed Forces of Russia and Belarus have started new joint maneuvers on Monday, at a time when Ukraine continues to warn of a possible Belarusian involvement in the military offensive launched in February 2022 by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The exercises, which will last until February 1, include aerial surveillance and reconnaissance work, as well as shipment of cargo and evacuation of the wounded, among other aspects highlighted by the Belarusian Ministry of Defense, reports the BelTA agency.
Moscow and Minsk want to improve the coordination of their respective forces, but neither side has acknowledged that the Alexander Lukashenko regime wants to become more directly involved in the offensive on Ukraine, despite the fact that the territory of Belarus has already served as base for operations.
The Ukrainian authorities, in fact, already consider those of Belarus one more party in the conflict and fear that they are looking for some kind of excuse to intervene more openly. Not surprisingly, Lukashenko has repeatedly denounced risks to national security.