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) 

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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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Edited by: A. N.

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