Is it beginning in Belarus? ‘Little green men’ appear alongside Russian troops in Vitebsk

Russian "little green men" armed with the latest version of Kalashnikov assault rifles riding in public transportation in Vitebsk, Belarus. July 2017. Similar Russian special forces soldiers in unmarked uniforms were used by Putin to conduct the operation to annex the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in February-March 2014. (Image: Drug Syabar)

Russian "little green men" armed with the latest version of Kalashnikov assault rifles riding in public transportation in Vitebsk, Belarus. July 2017. Similar Russian special forces soldiers in unmarked uniforms were used by Putin to conduct the operation to annex the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in February-March 2014. (Image: Drug Syabar) 

Analysis & Opinion, Belarus, Russia

A man from the Belarusian city of Vitebsk, a city not far from the Russian border, has posted on Facebook pictures showing Russian soldiers in unmarked uniforms there something that will undoubtedly exacerbate existing fears that Moscow will use the upcoming Zapad-2017 military exercises to carry out regime change in Minsk.

The blogger, who uses Drug Syabar as his screen name, says that in the photographs, one can see that “Russian soldiers are already beginning to arrive for the so-called military exercises. The arriving troops are beginning to take locations throughout all cities. But there are also appearing people with automatic weapons in military uniforms bearing no distinguishing marks.”

The pictures are available at facebook.com/DrugSyabarPS/. It has been reported described in among other places at newvv.net, profi-forex.org, and dsnews.ua.

Given that such people became known as “the little green men” who led Russia’s invasion forces in Ukraine, such reports from Belarus now will only intensify existing fears about Russia’s intentions in Belarus even if it turns out as may be possible that those pictured are simply support elements for Russian forces rather than a genuine invasion force.

Russian "little green men" in Brest, Belarus in June 2017 (Image: Charter 97)

Russian “little green men” in Brest, Belarus in June 2017 (Image: Charter 97)

Russian "little green men" in Brest, Belarus in June 2017 (Image: Charter 97)

Russian “little green men” in Brest, Belarus in June 2017 (Image: Charter 97)

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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    I’m not surprised- I’ve been predicting a Dwarfstanian takeover of Belarus for quite some time. The extra Dwarfstanian troops in Belarus for the forthcoming exercise will mean a quicktakeover of the country, which the dwarf can then present to the people of Dwarfstan as a “reunification desired by the fraternal peoples of Dwarfstan and Belarus”. He may even organise a sham “referendum” as he did in the Crimea.
    I doubt there will be any organised resistance from the Belarusian armed forces, as they are riddled with (pro-)Dwarfstanian moles to a far greater extent than the Ukrainian forces were.
    The dwarf desperately needs a “success” and a takeover of Belarus is an easy picking with several advantages for his war against the Ukraine. The surprising thing is that he hasn’t done it yet.

    • Victor Victory

      Once Russia starts to takeover Belarus, Ukraine should go on a major offensive attack to reclaim the occupied parts of Donbas.

      • Screwdriver

        Too much “Star Wars” …not good for you….

    • RedSquareMaidan

      It is also possible that the limping dwarf wants to try a land corridor to Kaliningrad.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        Seizing Belarus won’t be enough- the dwarf would also need a piece of either Poland or Lithuania or both to have a land corridor to Kaliningrad as a glance at a map will show.
        The dwarf can probably get away with seizing Belarus, kicking out Lukashenko and annexing the country, but attacking Poland and/or Lithuania is another matter: Lithuania would be the most likely target if the dwarf wants the corridor. Yet with Dwarfstan’s cash running out he may be crazy and desperate enough to gamble that he can get away with attacking a minor NATO partner- which he won’t, by the way. Even if other NATO partners do nothing, I don’t see Poland standing idly by while the dwarf devours Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Poles know only too well they will be next on the dwarf’s hit list.

    • Screwdriver

      Schneewittchen , tale # 275
      Nothing will happen to Belarus, brother Grimm, you should relax ..
      Belarus should not worry about Dagestan, ,Snow White and 7 dwarfs…
      It is OK, take a deep breath…

      • zorbatheturk

        Farkov.

        • Screwdriver

          Kharkiv ? Hto naharkiv ?

          • zorbatheturk

            Bogov.

  • Dirk Smith

    An invasion is an invasion. Enough. This international mafia syndicate is getting away with murder.

  • zorbatheturk

    Has Lukashenko been informed that his services will soon no longer be required?

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    While any potential invasion of Belarus by the Russian military remains possible, this unofficial threat could also be viewed with some skepticism. Why? Whereas Putin revels in his cult of personality (beating his man breasts as in the Russian version of Tarzan of the Jungle) and would enjoy trying to intimidate Ukraine by occupying Belarus, Muscovy’s Grand Pederast is still aware of the difference between bluffing and playing Russian Roulette. In that regard, while replacing Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka with someone more amenable to Moscow’s interests would be preferable, it would not be critical as Lukashenka has only proven to be a minor irritant in the Kremlin’s master plan for a new “Russkiy Mir” (Russian World). Besides, in the current context, the Belarusian economy has already become an albatross hanging over the necks of Russian economists, industrialists and financiers without adding another major headache on Russia’s road to bankruptcy. In addition, if Russia were to try and annex Belarus, how much leeway would that provide them in trying to cajole the Western powers in reducing sanctions or to try and dissuade NATO from further rearmament and possible expansion? None? In fact, would the US Congress as well as the US Presidential Administration not be more inclined to fully arm Ukraine with offensive lethal weapons? As such would Pompous Putin deliberately paint himself into a corner or is this just another of one of his many bombastic bluffs?

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Splitting hairs, admittedly, but there wouldn’t be an INVASION as there are already Dwarfstanian troops in Belarus, and soon many more for the joint exercise. As the article indicates there are even “little green men” in Belarus already so no need to fly them in as with the Crimea.
      I’d say Lukashenko has been more than a minor irritant as he has constantly refused to allow more Dwarfstanian troops and bases in Belarus, despite Belarus being almost totally dependent on Moscow economically. He has also flatly refused to recognise the Crimean annexation and publicly condemned it. His recent moves to develop alternative sources for oil is are copies of Kyiv’s moves to reduce or even eliminate dependency on Dwarfstan’s oil and gas. The dwarf didn’t like Kyiv’s efforts one bit and he will like Minsk copying them even less. And there’s no guarantee that replacing Luka with a Yanukovich clone (or even Proffessor Viktor himself) as president of Belarus will halt these moves permanently. No, the dwarf wants TOTAL control of Belarus and the only way he can be assured of that is by annexation- a move that will boost his popularity in Dwarfstan and which he can present as a further step in restoring Dwarfstan’s greatness.
      I’m not sure the dwarf cares about albatroses. He already has several that he has to subsidise heavily to keep them afloat i.e. Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, the Crimea and the so-called LNR and DNR. Any sane person would recognise that Dwarfstan simply can’t afford them and cut them loose as Gorbachev did with Cuba for instance, yet the dwarf continues to support them. As he is already supporting Belarus, annexation won’t change much here, if anything. Dwarfstan is already on its way to bankruptcy.

      As for a western reaction, I doubt anything would happen. Most so-called “leaders” in the EU are actually spineless cucumbers who aren’t worthy of the title leader.

  • MichaelA

    probably there to stop russian soldiers defecting across border to poland

    • Микола Данчук

      Russian soldiers get lost very easily!

  • Микола Данчук

    Wait, Russian troops using public transport, full armed with no insignias, dribbling into designated areas for military exercises?
    Does anyone know how many are coming in and will they know how many will leave?
    Is this Putin’s soft power?

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Only Pedo Putolini and his thugs know exactly how many are coming in, but I suspect that NONE will leave.