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Russia likely withdraws large part of aviation from Belarus after months of presence — Belarusian Hajun

Russia likely withdraws large part of aviation from Belarus after months of presence — Belarusian Hajun

On 5 August 2023, 9 Russian fighter jets and 11 helicopters left Belarus, heading back to Russia after months of their presence in Belarus. This was reported by Belarusian Hajun, a project which monitors the movement of military equipment.

Around 13:30, 9 Su-34 and Su-30SM fighters of the Russian Aerospace Forces took off from the Baranovichi airfield in Belarus. They proceeded through the Mogilev region to Russia, Belarusian Hajun writes, noting that most of the planes spent 202 days in Belarus since 15 January 2023.

Also, by 14:00, 11 helicopters Mi-8 and Mi-24 left from Machulishchi airfield in central Belarus towards Russia.

The massive relocation of aviation from Belarus to Russia happens simultaneously with the relocation of Wagner private military company units to Belarus from Russia. Stationed near Lithuanian and Latvian borders, Wagner units caused increased expectations of provocations from the side of Belarus, putting border troops of EU countries on the alert.

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