Belarus Mobilizes 3,000 Soldiers Over Invasion Concerns

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The Belarus mil­i­tary will mobi­lize at least 3,000 sol­diers start­ing 10 August ahead of August’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and over inva­sion con­cerns.

A Belarus’ mil­i­tary offi­cial con­firmed the Defence Blog on 4 August that the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus will mobi­lize its mil­i­tary reservists, but no infor­ma­tion was pro­vid­ed about the cause and number of pos­si­ble reservists.

Local sources also said that country’s Ministry of Defense plans to mobi­lize up to 3,000 ser­vice­men.

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However, Belaruspartisan.by report­ed that the res­i­dents of the Vitebsk region, bor­der­ing region with Russia, receive calls and draft cards from the mil­i­tary reg­is­tra­tion and enlist­ment offices. The mil­i­tary reg­is­tra­tion and enlist­ment offices inform about the mobi­liza­tion of men under the age of 35, who pre­vi­ous­ly served in the ranks of the Armed Forces.

Former mil­i­tary per­son­nel must report to the assem­bly points on August 10, that is, the day after voting in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The con­scripts are planned to be sent to a 25-day train­ing camp.

Also, the Belarus mil­i­tary is deploying addi­tion­al troops to the border with Russia over inva­sion con­cerns.

Official Minsk fears that Russia may take advan­tage of the insta­bil­i­ty in the coun­try and carry out the Ukrainian sce­nario to occupy part of the ter­ri­to­ries ahead of August’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

U.S. news agency, CNBC, quot­ing Janusz Bugajksi of the Center for European Policy Analysis, reported that Putin could use “the pre­text of grow­ing unrest in Belarus and the dis­put­ed pres­i­den­tial elec­tions” as a chance to act as nation­al lib­er­a­tor with the “loom­ing prospect” of the absorp­tion of Belarus into Russia.

Following the arrest this week of 32 Russians at a sana­to­ri­um near Minsk, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko accused the Kremlin-linked Wagner mil­i­tary con­trac­tor of send­ing 200 of its mer­ce­nar­ies to desta­bi­lize his coun­try ahead of his elec­tion, where he faces a chal­lenge from three oppo­si­tion groups.

Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka also accused Russia of “dirty inten­tions” and instruct­ed KGB secu­ri­ty ser­vice chief Valer Vakulchyk to seek an expla­na­tion from Moscow.

“We need to urgent­ly ask the rel­e­vant struc­tures of the Russian Federation to explain what’s going on,” he said at a secu­ri­ty meet­ing.

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