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UK intel: Russia seeks to present Belarusian troops as positional force against NATO

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Belarusian soldiers. Photo: Telegram BelTA
UK intel: Russia seeks to present Belarusian troops as positional force against NATO

On 7 August 2023, the Belarussian Ministry of Defence announced that the 6th Separate Guards Mechanised Brigade (6 SGMB) would conduct an exercise in the Grodno area of north-western Belarus, near the Polish and Lithuanian borders, British intel reported.

According to British intelligence, these exercises are likely part of the Belarussian military’s routine training cycle. 6 SGMB’s home garrison is in Grodno, and it is unlikely that the formation is currently deployed with the enablers it would need to make it combat-ready.

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“The ministry said that the exercise intended to incorporate lessons learned by the Russian military in Ukraine. There is a realistic possibility that the Belarussian troops will be joined by a small number of Wagner Group advisors acting in a training role,” UK intel said in its daily report.

“However, Russia is almost certainly keen to promote Belarussian forces as posturing against NATO,” British intel concluded.

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